MEDS20015 - Procedural Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) during interventional procedures. To enrol in this unit you must have access to ultrasound facilities to undertake ultrasound scans in a clinical environment with appropriate supervision. You will use PoCUS to identify anatomical structures and pathology prior to procedures. You will learn to use PoCUS dynamically to guide treatment and procedures. You will learn ultrasound interventional techniques and skills to optimise ultrasound images for documentation. You will apply your knowledge in the university and clinical context to accurately perform and document ultrasound procedures.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:
MEDS20009 Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
2. Portfolio 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student emails
Feedback
Zoom Tutorials.
Recommendation
Ongoing interactive zoom tutorials will be continued in a similar format. Students enjoyed the online interaction.
Action Taken
Interactive tutorials were continued.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Residential School.
Recommendation
The students enjoyed the residential schools stating they were very useful due to the hands on clinical practise. Current residential school format will be continued as the students find the practical aspect of the unit essential for their skills.
Action Taken
Residential schools were continued (just not able to be run in term 1, 2020 due to covid-19 but have been deferred).
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Unit Content.
Recommendation
The students found the unit content very helpful and appropriate especially given the constant changes occurring in this new field. There should be a continuous process of ongoing review of the unit content in order to maintain current clinical practise to ensure validity.
Action Taken
Content has been reviewed, and has been and will continue to be updated.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
The practical workshops are of vital importance in this unit for clinicians to practice ultrasound guidance of needle placement.
Recommendation
Continue with practical workshops for ultrasound guidance of needle placement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
Some videos to demonstrate tips on how to improve your sonographic images to help see the needle sonographically would be good.
Recommendation
Videos to demonstrate tips on how to improve sonographic images during needle guidance could be developed for students to watch prior to practical workshops. In addition, lectures to revise the sonographic anatomy could enhance student learning and could be added to the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student email.
Feedback
Discussions with other students during tutorials to find out what they do at their workplace was helpful.
Recommendation
Regular interactive tutorials could be scheduled to facilitate discussions of workplace protocols and allow discussion of difficult clinical cases that students have encountered.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of utilising medical ultrasound guidance during a medical procedure
  2. Apply medical ultrasound techniques to generate optimal visibility of the region of interest (ROI) for safe performance of a medical procedure
  3. Apply safe medical ultrasound techniques to generate appropriate ultrasound images for documentation purposes.

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Point of care curriculum guidelines

3.3 Demonstration of how to generate and optimise an image- 2 and 3

3.4 Demonstration of good practice in point-of-care ultrasound- 1.2 and 3

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio