Ultrasound at UAMS
Emergency Bedside Ultrasound allows clinicians to rapidly evaluate a patient, answer focused clinical questions, and assist procedural interventions to assist clinical decision making and improve patient safety and satisfaction. The rapid growth of the area of practice has been due to recognition of the benefits of bedside ultrasound by a number of national and international organizations and is reflected by increasing training requirements in a number of medical specialties including emergency medicine, internal medicine, critical care, and surgery.
Our ultrasound curriculum will employ the best evidence available to deliver fundamental skills in resuscitative, bedside diagnostic, and procedural ultrasound through a combination of asynchronous didactic modules and knowledge assessments, interactive discussion sessions, live models and simulation, and one-on-one bedside teaching in the Emergency Department. In fact, our faculty are involved in cutting edge systematic reviews to advance the practice of ED US.
All studies will be recorded digitally and reviewed for quality assurance and continuous quality improvement to provide oversight to ensure patient safety and feedback to clinicians who will continue to hone their skills throughout training and practice.
Our goal is to produce clinician leaders in evidence based clinical decision-making using bedside ultrasound to improve the care of patients wherever you may practice.
Gregory Snead, MD
Chief, Division of EM Ultrasound
The emergency department houses state of the art ultrasound machines for use in the trauma bays and throughout the department. Each machine is equipped with a full array of probes.
Common Applications of Ultrasound
UAMS emergency medicine residents use ultrasound for a wide variety of situations, from assessing orbital injuries to diagnosing deep vein thrombosis. The most common uses in our emergency department are the Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST/eFAST), pulmonary evaluations, and the trans-abdominal obstetric exam. Our PGY-1’s are responsible for the FAST exam in all Level 1 traumas and gain expertise rapidly. Other frequent uses include assistance with central venous line placement, cardiac and vena caval exam in the hypotensive patient and right upper quadrant exam.