POCUS saves nearly $20,000 per patient in early shock

"The use of point-of-care ultrasound by intensive care clinicians continues to increase, and studies demonstrating improvements in patient outcomes are of great importance," said Daniel Mitchell, DO, lead study author. "In this study, decreased morbidity and calculated cost savings were very promising."

POCUS In The News

Our awesome SickKids Public Relations team highlighted the PEM POCUS SickKids (P2SK) Program with a press release this morning, followed by several interviews with local Toronto news broadcasters. 

Drs. Charisse Kwan and Mark Tessaro - on point. Great work guys!

Footage of the news interviews coming later this week.

Click here for the full press release. 

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

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21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

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4D Virtual Reality in 2016

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There are several challenges to developing effective, practical and hands on training programs.  This is especially so in the medical industry, where our subjects tend to be patients, and often times procedures that require the most training are only suitable when patients are most vulnerable. 

Virtual reality glasses provide some solutions by virtualizing environments and immersing the user within it.  Most glasses however are attachments to a virtual reality rig where users stand in to traverse the area around them (think: mini treadmill).  They lack the ability to track your own body movements. 

But what if we created a body suit linked to the glasses, and placed the student in a real, physical room that they can actually interact with?

That's where The Void comes in.  Barring any delays, The Void plans to open four-dimensional virtual reality gaming arenas by 2016.  Check out the video below, it speaks for itself. If they can do this for gaming, think of the potential for medical training.

PRO/CON #2: Google Glass + POCUS?

PRO/CON is an ongoing segment on P2|Talk that outlines differing views and perspectives on topics ranging from medicine, to education, to technology. Here's your chance to contribute! Leave us a comment and share on Twitter!

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We have an image of what we think future hospitals will look like - artificial intelligence providing diagnoses, robots doing surgeries, and machines printing out organs. But getting to that 'future hospital' has proven to be exceedingly more difficult.

Google Glass is one example of a technology with great potential for use in the medical industry, and especially so with point of care ultrasound. Equipped with a handheld transducer, POCUS users can use Google Glass to perform quick, easy and seamless scans of patients.  However, the technology lost some momentum.

Below is a great infogram summarizing the pros and cons of Google Glass in the medical industry, and helps demonstrate its strengths while noting the current deficiencies that are holding it back.

What do you think? Will EM docs be scanning patients on the go with these glasses any time soon? Or is the price tag, lack of security, and uncomfortable handling an obstacle it has yet overcome?

Ready to launch that new PEM POCUS program? Here's a few leadership lessons.

Before you lead your emergency department towards fully integrating POCUS, let's help brush up your leadership skills. These 4 lessons from the hit series Game of Thrones are just as valuable in the emergency room as they are in Westeros.

4 Leadership Lessons for Entrepreneurs From 'Game of Thrones'

Moore’s Law Is Dead. Long Live Moore’s Law.

From Recode.net a great piece on Moore's Law - the basis of exponential technologies & the future of medicine!

Moore's Law Is Dead. Long Live Moore's Law.

Case-based e-learning & students' performance in POCUS

More evidence for "flipping" the POCUS classroom & scaling up POCUS education.

European Journal of Emergency Medicine : Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine 2015 Apr 3;

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Influence of case-based e-learning on students' performance in point-of-care ultrasound courses: a randomized trial. Dorothea Hempel, Sivajini Sinnathurai, Stephanie Haunhorst, Armin Seibel, Guido Michels, Frank Heringer, Florian Recker, Raoul Breitkreutz

PMID: 25851331