EMS Clinical Supervisor Regions Hospital / St. Paul Fire Department St. Paul, Minnesota
Kari Haley, MD: No financial relationships to disclose
Haley R. Taormina, MD: No financial relationships to disclose
Mark Tutila, Paramedic: No financial relationships to disclose
It has been shown in previous studies that it is possible for paramedics to be trained in the use of ultrasound in the prehospital setting. There are variable applications for ultrasound in the prehospital setting, which include abdominal FAST examination as well as cardiac evaluation in cardiac arrest. It is not clear from literature what is the most useful application for patients, nor the best deployment strategy for prehospital providers. We aim to describe our experience in ultrasound deployment, describe our education process and guideline development, our quality review process, and the variable strategies our paramedic services have utilized in its rollout.
Our medical direction team serves multiple EMS services in the St. Paul, Minnesota and surrounding communities. We have relatively short transport times to a range of hospitals from critical access hospitals to tertiary care centers. In the past year we have successfully deployed the use of ultrasound for cardiac arrest as well as trauma with cardiac and lung ultrasounds. We have a variety of services who have uniquely incorporated its use into their operations and we seek to describe our experience from inception to active clinical care.
Upon completion, participant will be able to list successful components to a prehospital provider focused initial ultrasound education training program.
Upon completion, participant will be able to demonstrate understanding of the components required for successful deployment of ultrasound in the prehospital setting.
Upon completion, participant will be able to list strategies to maintain competency in ultrasound use in the prehospital setting as well as list different methods of successful implementation.