Standardize Emergency Medicine Education in Hospitals

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Can you hear that? No, but you can certainly see it…Sound waves, being used to assist in diagnostic and procedural applications within the Emergency Department. When it comes to Ultrasound in the Emergency Department, recently it seems there has been a rapid growth in acceptance and utilization within the healthcare community. One of the caveats commonly we have seen when hospitals are looking to integrate ultrasound into practice is physicians will have their interest sparked at annual assembly meetings that offer a great “taste” of ultrasound, from there hospitals will purchase the necessary equipment, and then utilization of the technology is not fully integrated into practice. This in part could be due to the lack of standardization in ultrasound education. Understandably, physicians, particularly those who have recently joined physician networks have their original training in ultrasound from more than one source which can lead to a not truly defined set of protocols when using diagnostic ultrasound.

Think of it as the “telephone game” you played as a child; one person receives their training and is looking to then educate their fellow staff. Often times with just an annual assembly’s worth of ultrasound education, some information will either be forgotten or perhaps new information will be added…and so the probe get passed further and further down the educational line inevitably ending in possible patient complication/ liability. An issue like this was recently addressed by a hospital group who mandated all staff receive Ultrasound Guided Vascular access training from the same source to establish set protocols within their network.  Gulfcoast ultrasound Institute was Pediatric Ultrasoundcommissioned to handle this task. While this group opted for a hybrid course that consisted of both streaming video content and custom live hands on course at their facility, GUI also offers educational avenues through a multitude of options designed to enhance patient outcome. Shortly after this event had taken place GUI was contacted and informed that the previous complications associated with vascular access had significantly dropped since integrating ultrasound into practice! With the price of ultrasound equipment dropping along with the increase in portability, it has become the perfect time for hospitals to integrate ultrasound into practice or enhance their current continuing education protocol.

Gulfcoast Ultrasound has spent the last 28 years developing programs for hospital networks, physicians, and sonographers to fulfill CME requirements.  Whether a facility prefers live, online, or self-directed education we can work with you to meet your needs. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute may assist healthcare professionals in the following ways:

  • CME Credit: Gulfcoast Ultrasound Is accredited through the ACCME and approved to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (for physicians and Sonographers), ACEP credits, AANA Credits, SDMS Credits (Ultrasound / X-ray), ASRT Credits (X-Ray)
  • Consistency: By establishing set protocols for physicians and sonographers in your hospital group complication rates and liability payouts can be expected to decrease.
  • Increase Employee Value $$: By cross training current employees facilities can expect increased profits by being able to perform ultrasound exams in multiple specialties.
  • Board Preparation: Gulfcoast Ultrasound specializes in board examination preparations with education available as self directed products, live courses, and online education.
  • Maintenance of Certification / Reimbursement: Gulfcoast Ultrasound offers tools and resources to fulfill certification, and lab accreditation requirements for physicians and sonographers.

Breakdown of the education formats Gulfcoast Ultrasound has available to meet your education needs include:

Online E-Learning Classroom: (Emergency Medicine)

  • Online Classroom access on any deviceCovers all topics presented in the regularly scheduled live three    day Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound course
  • For groups: one person can be set up as the “administrator” and will have access to track the progress of participants, ensuring protocols are being established.
  • 6 month access provides flexibility for those who cannot travel to attend the live Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound course.
  • Optional coordination of onsite hands-on scanning workshops.
  • E-courses in other specialties available by January 2013.
  • Multi person / group discounts available

Live Hands-On Courses:

  • Ultrasound CME Seminars at Gulfcoast UltrasoundCourses are designed with lectures in the morning and hands-on in the afternoon
  • Instructors: Gulfcoast Ultrasound faculty is comprised of nationally recognized experts within the ultrasound profession. Gulfcoast Ultrasound courses are presented with the perfect blend of physician’s clinical experience and sonographer’s expertise.
  • Hands-on Ratio:  GUI sets the bar with hands-on scanning: never exceeds a 3:1 ratio of participants to instructors.
  • Multi-participant discounts from the same facility available!
  • Both AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and ACEP credits awarded upon course completion.
  • A signed log of cases performed and/or interpreted provided for hospital credentialing / certification purposes.

Live On-Site Courses:

  • Cost-effective, custom-designed courses presented at your facility or local meeting venue eliminates travel costs and coverage issues.
  • Ideal for groups of five or more participants
  • Blended education formats also available (combined online lectures and onsite hands-on)

Self-Directed Products:

  • Rapid Ultrasound for Shock & Hypotension - DVDDVD’s: Gulfcoast Ultrasound has developed a line of DVD Video Lectures specifically tailored to the needs of each specialty group. With DVD’s broken down by specialty it allows hospitals to create a custom library for physicians looking to incorporate ultrasound and better improve patient outcomes.
  • CD Case Studies: Interactive case studies designed to improve interpretation skills and fulfill CME requirements.
  • Registry Preparation: The Gulfcoast Ultrasound PASS packages are the perfect combination of study materials to successfully pass the ultrasound certification board examinations. PASS products can help all HCA physicians and sonographers attain ultrasound certification to ensure reimbursement for exams performed and /or interpreted
  • All products come with optional CME credit (groups can have a private web portal set up allowing departments to acquire CME credits all at the same time)

Whether healthcare providers are seeking consistency in ultrasound training, fulfillment of CME credits, certification / Lab accreditation requirements, or registry preparation, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute can help! Gulfcoast Ultrasound has provided continuing medical education for over 130,000 physicians, sonographers, and other healthcare professionals who have successfully integrated the skills learned into clinical practice.

Did you know that you can add our course & webinar calendar to your computer, smart phone or device?

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Add the GUI 2013 Course calendar on your mobile device!

Use this link at our Courses website page. Just look for the button that says “+GoogleCalendar”.

Alternatively, cut and paste these links into your calendars settings area:
ICal format: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/gulfcoastultrasound%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics
XML format: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/gulfcoastultrasound%40gmail.com/public/basic

This way you can see when our courses are, how they fit into your schedule, and links to get more information about each event. Email us, call us, or drop a comment below, if you have any questions.

The Future of Education – eLearning/Online Education for ultrasound

We are seeing trends of technology branching out into various aspects of daily life. One particular area that has embraced technology is education. Technology is used more in education by using the internet as a Key method for communicating with students. Today, online learning systems such as Moodle™ and Blackboard® make it easy to manage or participate in a virtual classroom anywhere and at any time.

The Future of Education -The Online Classroom at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
The Online Classroom at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute offers convenient courses for sonographers of all experience levels.

Online learning for sonographers

In particular, I enjoy the online ultrasound education websites. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that your time is in short supply and valuable.  If I am unable to attend live ultrasound course, I usually sign up for something like an online webinar or online lecture video. For the most part, these online services help to provide me with enough knowledge to succeed in my studies however; there are situations when I need more time or more learner-to-instructor communication to help me to understand the material better. This, I believe, is the one of the major attributes of online classroom sites along with sharing files, talking one-to-one with instructors via email or even faster with instant messaging built right in via chat room, and I can pace myself into my own e-Learning schedule.

I find that reading materials separately or watching a video of the instructor speaking while following along with the materials greatly improve my performance. The ability to pause or rewind and fast-forward the video to make necessary notations on my printouts of the information is really convenient. What is really cool about online classrooms are that when I have questions I can simply send message or questions to the instructor.

Online course features

As far as the management area of online education systems, the instructor has the ability to do the following.

  • Assignment submissions
  • Discussion forums
  • File sharing
  • Grading
  • Instant messaging
  • Online calendar
  • Online news and announcements
  • Online quizzing

Now, keep in mind that online classrooms are not limited to just those attributes. Extended functionality opens up a more interactive set of features such as games, case study reviews with pictures and videos, and interactive quizzing and flash cards.

Most online education systems are fully mobile ready. With today’s sophisticated technology in smartphones and tablets, you can do almost everything while traveling.

The Online Classroom – at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute

I’ve done a bit of research and found that Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute has a very good online education system. It allows me to log in whenever I have the time to study and need to prepare for an upcoming registry exam. I really like the fact that the presenters are really well-known educators in their field and you can find lots of published articles, books and videos that they have written or contributed to.

The courses are broken into separate modules that concentrate on a particular subject and then you can take a quiz that tests your retention of the material. The system remembers my grades and where I left off so I can return later and pick up where I left off.

One of the things I like the best is that when I complete my coursework and exams, I get issued a certificate that helps me keep up with my CME’s. If I misplace this certificate I can come back later and re-print it if I need to.

There are a few choices in online learning for ultrasound but I have found this one the most comprehensive and simple to use. It feels a bit like a traditional classroom in the fact that you have the ability to communicate and interact with some instructors and I happen to like that element.