Description: Currently the breadth of ultrasound use is ever expanding in the ED. There are now many advanced ultrasound courses teaching assessment of gallbladders, kidneys and lungs. The objectives of this course are to go even FUTHER with what POCUS can do. We plan to briefly review some of the lesser well known but exciting uses of POCUS ED. Examples may include: airway confirmation, diagnosis of appendicitis, small bowel obstructions and even raised ICP. The presentation is intended to broaden the viewers current knowledge of ultrasound applications in the ed.
- to stimulate discussion and interest in advanced ultrasound applications
- to review the literature around performance of some of these topics
- gain an understanding the potential pitfalls and errors in performing and interpreting these scans
- a “double tract” sign confirms correct ETT placement
- sonographic criteria for appendicitis includes a tubular structure > 6mm in diameter, non-compressible, and lacks peristalsis
- the normal optic nerve sheath diameter is up to 5mm in diameter, > 5mm can indicate raised ICP
Biography: Dr. Conor McKaigney is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary and attending physician with the Calgary Zone Department of Emergency Medicine. He completed the FRCPC Emergency Medicine program at Queen’s University in 2013 and holds an Ultrasound Fellowship from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He has taught point of care ultrasound at multiple courses throughout North America, including both CAEP and ACEP. His area of research interest is in the competency based evaluation of emergency ultrasound.