Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course (8/21-8/22)

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Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound:

Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course (8/21-8/22) is designed to increase the participant’s knowledge and competence to perform and interpret pediatric ultrasound examinations in an Emergency or Critical Care setting. Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course is taught by leading pediatric emergency and critical care ultrasound experts and includes lectures, interactive case presentations, and extensive hands-on scanning, featuring a 3:1 ratio with live pediatric models and inanimate phantoms.

  • Available as a Live, Online, Webinar and Blended Course (Online + Scan Workshop)
  • 3:1 Participant to Instructor Bedside Scanning Ratio (The Best in the Ultrasound Industry)
  • Additional Training Videos, and Books are also available to assist in your training
  • ACCME Accredited
  • Instruction by Leading Pediatric Ultrasound Experts
  • 3:1 Participant/Instructor Ratio for Maximum Hands on Scanning
  • Follows ACEP and WINFOCUS Ultrasound Guidelines
  • Increase Diagnostic Skills & Scanning Proficiency
  • Log of 30+ Pediatric Ultrasound Examinations
  • Free Pre-Course Webinar on Imaging Fundamentals

Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course Credits:

  • 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Approved for 16 MOC point(s)
  • 16 hour(s) of ACEP Category 1 Credit

Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course Topics:

  • E-FAST
  • Pediatric Urinary Tract, GI Applications
  • Pediatric Abdominal Case Studies
  • Head and Neck
  • Soft-Tissue & MSK Applications
  • Scrotal Ultrasound
  • Advanced Thoracic Applications
  • Lung Imaging, Trachea
  • BLUE/FALLS Protocol
  • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
  • Vascular Access
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Focused Cardiac Assessment of the Pediatric Patient
  • Shock & Hypotension: RUSH Protocol
  • How to Start an Ultrasound Program
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course Objectives:

  1. Increase the participant’s knowledge to better perform and/or interpret pediatric emergency and critical care ultrasound examinations.
  2. State the basic fundamentals of ultrasound physics and demonstrate appropriate optimization of system controls.
  3. Identify normal imaging characteristics of the pediatric urinary tract and recognize commonly seen pathology associated with renal disease and the GI tract in infants and children.
  4. Demonstrate protocols for evaluation of the trauma patient (FAST).
  5. Demonstrate ultrasound protocols for evaluation of pneumothorax, pneumonia and endotracheal tube placement.
  6. List the benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures such as vascular access and lumbar puncture.
  7. Perform a focused cardiac ultrasound examination on a pediatric patient.
  8. List the benefits of soft-tissue and MSK ultrasound in the pediatric patient.
  9. Perform testicular ultrasound and recognize commonly seen abnormalities (optional session).
  10. Increase confidence to incorporate protocols, techniques & interpretation criteria to improve diagnostic/treatment accuracy.

Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course Faculty:

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Stephanie Doniger, MD, RDMS, FAAP, FACEP
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Bret P. Nelson, MD, RDMS, FACEP

Registration is quick, affordable and easy for the Introduction to Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasound Course. Click or Call. http://www.gcus.com/courses/about.asp?course=1100/Pediatric-Emergency-and-Critical-Care-Ultrasound | 727.363.4500

 

Echocardiography Ultrasound Course (July 17-21)

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Conquer the field of Adult Echocardiography Ultrasound with Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute’s Adult Echocardiography Ultrasound Course. Combine didactic lectures and ample hands-on practice on live models to provide the perfect foundation for medical professionals. For a more flexible agenda, the Blended Echocardiography Course Option combines a comprehensive Online Course and a Scanning Skills Workshop to give you the lectures on your PC, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with a generous 5 half days hands-on scanning only course.

What To Expect:

  • The Most Comprehensive Adult Echo Course Available
  • Increase Diagnostic Skills & Scanning Proficiency
  • 271 Cases Covering Common Pathologies
  • 3:1 Participant/Instructor Ratio for Maximum Hands on Scanning
  • Ability to Scan Live Models with Normal Anatomy & Pathologies
  • Human Heart Cadaver Lab to Visualize Disease

Topics Covered:

  • Imaging Fundamentals
  • Anatomy of the Heart and EKG
  • 2D Evaluation of Cardiac Anatomy, Measurements, and Normal Values
  • Parasternal and Suprasternal Windows
  • Apical and Subcostal Windows
  • Doppler Fundamentals & Color Doppler
  • Pulsed & Continuous Wave Doppler
  • Mitral & Aortic Valves (Evaluation & Disease)
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Gross Anatomy Workshop
  • Right Heart Disease
  • Coronary Heart Dieases
  • Diastolic Function/Contrast Echocardiography
  • Pericardial Disease & Cardiac Masses

To Register:

Click or Call. http://www.gcus.com/cme/?specialty=adult-echo | 727.363.4500

Expert Faculty:

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Christie Hill Jordan, BS, RDCS, RCS, RCIS, FASE
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Diane Debich-Spicer, PA (ASCP)
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Richard Palma, BS, RDCS, RCS, ACS, FASE, FSDMS
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Daniel Bourque, MS, RCS, FASE
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Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

 

Certifications, Reimbursement and Lab Accreditation Updates

EchocardiographyEver changing certification, lab accreditation and reimbursement standards for echocardiography and vascular ultrasound can be confusing and hard to keep up with. To help out we’ve bundled it up, listed useful links to the right resources and summarized the key points to help answer all those burning questions.


Recertification:

Did you know; if you currently hold a certification from the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) you will not be required to begin taking the recertification exam until 2019 and will not have to pass it until 2022?

This includes all RDMS, RVT and RDCS registered Technologists. For all new certifications earned after January 1, 2012, you will have to take your recertification exams starting 10 years after you have acquired your credential.
* for more information regarding recertification and credentialing, please visit www.ardms.org


Reimbursements:

Did you know; reimbursement requirements for Medicare varies from state to state?

Several states require either lab accreditation and/or sonographer/physician credentialing for reimbursement. This applies to echocardiography and non-invasive vascular studies.

Full policy details and individual state reimbursement directive can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) website.

To find a payment policy, go to www.cms.gov/mcd/overview.asp and follow these instructions:

  1. Click on Advanced Search
  2. Under Search by Document Type, check Local Coverage Documents
  3. Under What documents types do you want to search for? Check All Policies (LCD) and then Final Policies
  4. Select Geographic Area (State) AND/OR Contractor Criteria
  5. Type the testing area you are searching for (i.e., noninvasive vascular) or the LCD ID # into Enter Keyword(s) box and choose Title
  6. Click Search by Type box
  7. A page will appear asking you to accept the Terms & Conditions, Click Agree
  8. A new page will open with your search results

Additional information on reimbursement for individual states can found on the ICAVL website for vascular reimbursement and the ICAEL website for echocardiography.


Lab Accreditation:

Did you know; by 2017 ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories) requires all technical staff to be registered to comply with lab accreditation?

Appropriate credentialing: RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) from the ARDMS, RVS (Registered Vascular Specialist) from CCI or RT (VS) (Registered Technologist Vascular Sonography) from the ARRT.

Additional information on credentialing can be found at www.ardms.org, www.cci-online.org , or www.arrt.org

Did you know; that ICAEL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories) is changing their physician requirements?

All physicians who do not have level 2 or 3 echocardiography training must pass the NBE (National Board of Echocardiography) by 2015 to comply with ICAEL accreditation. The purpose of the NBE is to establish the domain of the practice of echocardiography for the purpose of certification, assess the level of knowledge demonstrated by a licensed physician practitioner of echocardiography in a valid manner, enhance the quality of echocardiography and individual professional growth in echocardiography, formally recognize individuals who satisfy the requirements set by the NBE, and serve the public by encouraging quality patient care in the practice of echocardiography.

For more information on the NBE please visit www.echoboards.org

Training Level

Cumulative Duration
of Training

Minimum Number of
Examinations Performed

Minimum Number of
Examinations Interpreted

Level 1

3 months

75

150

Level 2

6 months

150 (75 additional)

300 (150 additional)

Level 3

12 months

300 (150 additional)

750 (450 additional)

Additional information on reimbursement for individual states can be found on the ICAVL website for vascular reimbursement and the ICAEL website for echocardiography.