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Pediatric Ultrasound Course

The Pediatric Ultrasound BachelorClass is a 10-module introductory course that covers all of the primary applications of pediatric/emergency ultrasound. Participants begin their journey as they learn about the origins of pediatric ultrasound and the relevant physics that guide image acquisition. The buttons and functionality of the point-of-care ultrasound are examined, followed by an exploration of the various point-of-care diagnostic and procedural ultrasound applications relevant to a pediatric population. From trauma scans to bedside cardiac ultrasound, participants will be guided through the expanding field of pediatric ultrasound.  Lectures are packed with real-life cases, illustrative videos, and invaluable pearls/pitfalls and best practices. 

Chapters

Introduction

13:02 Chapter 1

In this chapter, we present a brief history of ultrasound and discuss the emerging field of non-traditional sonographers who simultaneously scan and treat their patients at the bedside. This module represents the first step towards an expertise in the sonographic evaluation of pediatric patients.

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Ultrasound Physics

21:52 Chapter 2

In this chapter, you will learn the basics of ultrasound physics; enough to maximize your sonographic imaging, but not so much as to take the fun out of point-of-care pediatric ultrasound. From frequency and resolution to sonographic artifacts, you will have a firm understanding of ultrasound physics principles as you interpret and troubleshoot your most complex scans.

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Vascular access

23:38 Chapter 3

In this chapter, you will learn the tips and tricks to capably perform an ultrasound-guided peripheral or central venous line. This indispensable skill-set will impress your nurses and help your patients.

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Trauma ultrasound

30:22 Chapter 4

In this chapter, we discuss ultrasound imaging in the pediatric trauma victim. As part of the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) scan, you will learn to recognize blood in the peritoneal cavity, pericardial sac, and thoracic space.

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Abdomen & retroperitoneum

30:41 Chapter 5

In this chapter, we focus on the inferior vena cava (with pediatric-specific considerations), liver and biliary structures, the spleen, and the kidneys/bladder.

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Soft Tissue & Musculoskeletal

34:32 Chapter 7

In this chapter, we cover a range of soft tissue pathology and the sonographic appearance of everything “under the skin”. We also discuss the musculoskeletal system, including the sonographic evaluation of fractures, the elbow, the shoulder, the knee, and the hip.

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Cardiac Ultrasound

22:17 Chapter 8

In this chapter, we evaluate the pediatric heart from a variety of “windows” and “views”.

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Pulmonary Ultrasound

25:55 Chapter 9

In this chapter you will learn about pulmonary scanning - one of the newest and most exciting areas of pediatric ultrasound.

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Critical Care Ultrasound

27:14 Chapter 10

In this chapter, we evaluate shock by assessing for left ventricular dysfunction, central venous pressure, and intra-peritoneal or pulmonary pathology.

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