Point of Care Ultrasound in Paramedicine: The Future is Now!
Wednesday 5th August 2020, 15:00 AEST
Ultrasound has fast become the F1 of the medical world. Sleek machinery, impressive technology and promises of victory for those that can drive the machines the best. However, much like the world of F1, you don’t become champion overnight. While you might have enough ability to get by – or even be a backseat driver – to truly get up to speed you first must master the controls, the road rules and techniques so that the rubber really hits the road.
And this is where the value of expert coaching comes into its own. Like driving instructors, qualified trainers help you avoid the mistakes and frustrations that reduce confidence; through drilling and testing they reduce the danger to yourself and others.
Not every patient we see in paramedicine is a critical care patient. The majority are unwell with undifferentiated disease, and the future of paramedic practice lies in our ability to make rapid, accurate diagnoses at the point of care; to guide treatment and decide on disposition. Aidan will be reviewing a series of cases where Point of Care Ultrasound can be used in extended care, community, and remote paramedic practice to have a major impact on patient care. Fractures, soft tissue infections and injuries, pneumonia, appendicitis, gallstones, DVT, Ultrasound-Guided IVs, and more.
Many Paramedics (including in Australasia) are already using ultrasound as a standard part of their daily clinical practice. Dave will present some real-life examples of how ultrasound supports emergency and critical care assessment and treatment provided by Paramedics. Examples will include vascular access, lung ultrasound, EFAST, assessment of undiagnosed shock, and cardiac standstill in arrest.
Following on from the insights of Aidan Baron and Dave Tingey, Suean will outline how you can start your ultrasound journey. Whether you’re happy cheering from the sidelines, are looking for your P-plates or want to take the controls at the clinical edge, she’ll flag what you need to get ready, set and go to get you to your finish line.
Wednesday 5th August 2020, 15:00 AEST
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Aidan Baron is a paramedic, researcher, and medical student based in Sydney Australia. After a few stints volunteering overseas, Aidan completed his Bachelor of Paramedicine at UTAS in Sydney, followed by a BSc Hons thesis in ultrasound guided IVs by paramedics, and a Postgraduate Certificate in emergency medicine ultrasound at Central Queensland University whilst working casually as a paramedic. He then spent a year as a visiting researcher in London under the globally renowned prehospital researcher, Professor Tom Quinn; before returning to Sydney to study medicine. He is currently an honorary researcher in emergency, cardiovascular, and critical care at Kingston University and St George's University London, Adjunct Lecturer in Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University Australia, the course director of The PoCUS Course UK and EU, clinical policy and strategy officer for St John Ambulance NSW, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Paramedic Practice. He has taught Point of Care Ultrasound in 11 countries and counting. You can find him on twitter as @Aidan_Baron
B.App.Sc (MRT), GradDip MedUS, AMS, Cert IV workplace training, GradCert Clinical Teaching (MelbUni) Suean lives to sound things out; whether it’s an ultrasound image in the critical moment, or testing ideas to improve the teaching moment, she constantly probes every angle to get the best out of a situation. A highly experienced sonographer, qualified educator, and award winning businesswoman, Suean’s constant sense of curiosity and desire to do things better has seen her travel the world as a sought after thought leader in the field of ultrasound education. And as a founding Director of Zedu, she gets to indulge her passion for seeing people from every medical specialty excel in developing their point-of-care ultrasound skills. Having had her life saved thanks to ultrasound, Suean firmly believes that everyone that can use ultrasound should use ultrasound – and hopes she’ll infect you with the ultrasound bug too.
Joined SA Ambulance Service in 1992 • Current position - Retrieval Paramedic, SAAS MedSTAR Academic: • Lecturer, Paramedic Science, School of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University • Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Science, James Cook University. Qualifications: • Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) • Master of Advanced Clinical Practice • Graduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval • Diploma of Project Management Awards: • Ambulance Service Medal • Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (Indian Ocean) Social: • Married, with 2 kids and a dog • Enjoys kayaking, camping, red wine, and single malt scotch. Passion: • Life-long learning and sharing what I often learned the hard way
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