Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) refers to the use of portable ultrasonography at a patient’s bedside for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. At the 2-day Point-of-Care Ultrasound Immersion Course, attendees receive 12-hours of instruction in ultrasonography techniques using pocket-sized, handheld ultrasound devices. The first conference was held October 5 -6, 2018 in Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, AZ at the Southwest Nephrology Conference and Cardio Renal Metabolic Conference.
Techniques covered include cognitive and psychomotor training in point-of-care echocardiography, thoracic ultrasound, and vascular ultrasound in addition to traditional sonography of the kidneys and bladder with an emphasis on practical application of techniques.
The conference schedule includes a faculty panel during which attendees are introduced to practical aspects of building a point-of-care ultrasound program including billing and coding, archiving and QA, and machine acquisition and maintenance. The course is supported by the Cardio Renal Society of America and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Arizona. Registration is $1000. Dates of the conference are March 6-7, 2020.
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Cameron Baston, MD, MSCE
Christy Moore, RDMS, RVT