How I Scan the Lungs

September 29, 2016

The lungs are often viewed as an enigma to point-of-care sonographers, and I often get asked exactly what I do with my hands.  Check out the video to see exactly how I scan the lungs. 

Videography done by Ben Smith, MD (@ultrasoundjelly)

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Retinal Detachment vs Vitreous Detachment

September 18, 2016

Direct retinal visualization can be tough for the non-opthalmologist.  Use your ultrasound to differentiate between a retinal and vitreous detachment accurately and quickly at the bedside. 

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The Case of the Radiolucent Gallstone

August 17, 2016

This week I'm joined by Jess Mason of EMRAP HD and This Won't Hurt a Bit, two podcasts that if you haven't subscribed to yet, you must!

We talk about a case where the CT scan missed a veritable hacksack of gallstones within the RUQ.


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Why we do what we do - An Ultrasound case

August 6, 2016

This week we're going to talk about a case where I was able to quickly and safely disposition a patient home based solely on an ultrasound.... and a UA. 
If you like hanging out and you like ultrasound, come to Cabofest. Hang out with me, Mike Mallin, Matt Dawson, Haney Mallemat, Rob Rogers, Salim Rezaie and many more!

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Getting your patients out of the ED faster with nerve blocks

July 23, 2016

Have you ever had a busy emergency department? Have you ever had a patient with a fracture that you needed to sedate and you wish you didn't have to? Well, wish no further and do a nerve block.  This week we're going to talk about a case where bedside forearm nerve blocks were used to quickly disposition a patient home. Enjoy!

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Linear Probe in Early Pregnancy

July 16, 2016

Hey all,

Due to the gap between posts as of late, I wanted to do a high-yield/short topic.  I've been increasingly using a trans-abdominal linear probe in early pregnancy, and have been avoiding unneccessary trans-vaginal scans.  This is good for patient satisfaction and for increasing patient throughput.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Ultrasound for Endotracheal Intubation Confirmation

June 12, 2016

Greetings from Ireland! I just got into the airport in Dublin and am waiting for @ultrasoundjelly to land so we can go to our hotel for SMACCdub (The most amazing worldwide conference I've ever been to).  In the meantime, check out this podcast. 

Using ultrasound to confirm endotracheal tube (ETT) placement is generally met with a healthy dose of skepticism.  There's no denying that waveform capnography is the gold standard, but even the gold standard has its limitations.  Capnography requires pulmonary blood flow, may not work as well with exogenous epi, and needs a few bags of ventilation to pick anything up.  US doesn't need any of these things. This weeks video is just a bit longer than the normal 5 minutes, but its totally worth it. 
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The Ultrasound-Guided Parecentesis

May 24, 2016

Sticking a needles into a patients abdomen based solely on physical exam is rarely, if ever, a good idea in the hemodynamically stable patient.  Learn how to use ultrasound to guide your paracentesis in this video:

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Getting Adequate Cardiac Windows

May 17, 2016

So you've heard about how awesome bedside echo is and how it can be used to quickly and accurately diagnose life threatening pathology, but you're not sure how to actually get those views.  Check out this video for some tips on how to optimize your echo views and save a life. 

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Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter

March 25, 2016

The optic nerve sheath diameter is a measurement that can help you rule in or rule out elevated intracranial pressure in your patient.  Learn how with this video:

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