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Critical Care Paramedicine Podcast

Episode 9: Paramedic Ultrasound: The Wave of the Future


Paramedic Point-Of-Care ultrasound (POCUS) is one of the few technologies on the horizon that promises to revolutionize prehospital care. Yet many people don’t see the advantages this technology presents. In this week’s special video podcast, Peter Bonadonna presents all the useful applications of point-of-care ultrasound and its advantages. If you’re a skeptic or non-believer, this video is especially for you.

Ultrasound can diagnose:

  • Abdominal Bleeding
  • Pneumothorax
  • Hemothorax
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Pulmonary Embolus
  • Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Hypovolemia
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Gall Stones
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Fetal Position
  • Fetal Heartbeat
  • Hyperthyroid / Thyroid Storm
  • Carotid Plaque
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Bone Fractures
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Increased Intracranial Pressure
  • Cellulitis
  • Gas Gangrene
  • True PEA
  • Death
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Endotracheal Tube Placement (before a breath is even given)
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Ludwig’s Angina
  • Mean Arterial Pressure in VAD patients
  • And more…

The applications of EMS POCUS (Point Of Care Ultrasound) are limited only by provider imagination! With far more applications than a 12-lead and better diagnostic accuracy that physical exam alone – sometimes better than X-ray… why aren’t more of us excited for this technology?

This technology is the linchpin of all future advances in medicine. Pericardiocentesis or drain? Guided Nerve Block? Central Lines? Chest tube? Resuscitative ECMO? You’ll never see those advances without the prior implementation of and proficiency in Ultrasound. So let’s get started!

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Show Notes

  • Video Podcast material by Peter Bonadonna
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