The Vascular Access Ultrasound Course (Up to 41 hours of CME)
The Vascular Access Course is designed for anyone involved in vascular access. This course will teach you how to use ultrasound to improve your success rates and improve patient care when placing lines, both central and peripheral. We cover the basics of ultrasound and line placement with ultrasound and then spend a great deal of time in lab practicing placing lines in multiple different types of phantoms. Models are also use to practice identifying the anatomy and landmarks. The Vascular Access Course is awarded up to 41 hours of category 1 CME including the online content offered.
Upon completion of the Vascular Access Course, participants will be able to:
1) Demonstrate the ability to properly operate an ultrasound machine and make adjustments to obtain adequate image quality.
2) Acquire ultrasound images for limited examination of the vascular structures in the neck and limbs for the purpose of placing intravascular catheters.
3) Use ultrasound to facilitate the intravascular placement of catheters.
|The Vascular Access Course Sample Agenda|
|0730-0800||Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound|
Where we have been and where we are going
|0800-0845||Physics and Fundamentals|
A concise and simplified explanation of ultrasound physics.
How do I turn on the machine? Which probe do I use? How do I prepare the patient? What am I looking at?
|1000-1045||Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access|
An overview of how to use ultrasound to help guide central venous access and peripheral venous access. Multiple Phantoms are used in lab to help students get real time practice.