Core ePoCUS Course

Who should attend

All health care practitioners wanting to learn the basic skills of point of care ultrasound and start their PoCUS journey, especially those practicing medicine in emergency settings.

Why they should attend

EMSSA has been responsible for ePoCUS training, credentialing and its clinical governance in South Africa for the past 12 years and has certified Core ePoCUS proficiency in well over 100 healthcare providers to date, and remains the sole credentialing body for emergency PoCUS in the country. Attending the core ePoCUS course will start you on your PoCUS journey. We will guide you and allow you to develop your PoCUS skills and in doing so, improve the quality of emergency care you provide to patients, especially regarding procedural safety and diagnostic accuracy, with the overall goal of making you a better clinician.

Course Information:

The core ePoCUS curriculum focuses on ultrasound skills that are deemed essential for all health care providers working in an emergency setting or dealing with emergencies on a regular basis , and includes 7 core modules and applications to be covered in the course:

  • Module 1

    Introduction and Principles of PoCUS

  • Module 2

    Image Acquisition and Optimisation

  • Module 3

    The extended Focused Assessment with Sonar in Trauma (eFAST)

  • Module 4

    Basic Lung Ultrasound Assessment

  • Module 5

    Aorta Ultrasound Assessment

  • Module 6

    Basic Cardiac Ultrasound assessment including Limited Compression ultrasound for DVT

  • Module 7

    Ultrasound guided vascular access

All the course content and the theoretical components of the course will be presented online.

The focus on the day of the course will be on bedside, hands on practical ultrasound training, using a variety of ultrasound machines and ultrasound patient models.

A group of highly experienced PoCUS providers will be there to guide you and help gain your confidence as you begin your ePoCUS journey.

Advanced ePoCUS Course

Who should attend

Any Health care practitioner with a passion for PoCUS, wishing to expand and advance their existing PoCUS skills. Training in advanced ultrasound is contingent upon core ultrasound education training and credentialing having been completed as per the Core ePoCUS guidelines.

Why they should attend

The Advanced curriculum will expand on the Core ePoCUS skills. Those areas of ePoCUS which are beyond the Core level will be expanded upon in this course

Course Information

The following modules have been included in the Advanced ePoCUS curriculum:

Focused cardiac ultrasound and haemodynamic assessment.

Deep vein thrombosis extended compression ultrasound

Advanced thoracic (lung) and airway ultrasound.

Regional anaesthesia and nerve blocks.

Hepato-biliary and genito-urinary tract PoCUS.

Gastrointestinal tract PoCUS.

Focused obstetric and gynaecological PoCUS.

Transcranial doppler and ocular ultrasound.

This list reflects the current practice of Advanced ePoCUS. It will be reviewed periodically as further areas of practice become recognised as part of the scope of PoCUS.

Applications / modules

In order to obtain the Advanced ePoCUS credentialing, proficiency needs to be demonstrated in a minimum of five modules. Three of the modules will be compulsory:

  • Focused cardiac ultrasound and haemodynamic assessment.
  • Deep vein thrombosis extended compression ultrasound.
  • Advanced thoracic (lung) and airway ultrasound.

The remaining two choices of advanced modules can be made from the following options:

  • Regional anaesthesia and nerve blocks.
  • Hepato-biliary and genito-urinary tract PoCUS.
  • Gastrointestinal tract PoCUS.
  • Focused obstetric and gynaecological PoCUS.
  • Transcranial doppler and ocular ultrasound.