Austere and Preshospital Ultrasound Course

This course is not accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.  This course does give FAWM credits towards the WMS Fellowship.

The APUS course is a highly practical two-day introduction to diagnostic ultrasound course that is specifically designed for remote, austere and resource-limited environments. It is designed by physicians, interventional radiologists and critical care paramedics working in prehospital, A&E and hospital departments. It is tailored to specifically meet the needs of healthcare practitioners to enhance their clinical skills utilising diagnostic ultrasound.

The APUS Course adopts the knowledge and practical skills that are recommended by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and provides recommendations on the clinical applications of emergency ultrasound.

This course has been approved for Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history.

Course Content

Day One - Fundamentals of Ultrasound

Sample schedule

  • Ultrasound fundamental concepts and knobology
  • US in trauma and the eFAST exam
  • Hands on eFast practice
  • Renal and abdominal aorta practice
  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • Pneumothorax and pleural effusion

Day Two - Advanced Concepts

Sample schedule

  • ICP assessment
  • Vascular access (femoral, EJ and peripheral)
  • US use in tropical medicine
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Orthopaedic ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided nerve blocks

Instructor

Our CoROM faculty is drawn from MD PhD critical care consultants, cardiologists as well as masters-level paramedics with current experience as critical care and flight paramedics.

There will always be at least two faculty in the classroom to maximise the hands-on component of the course.

We have five different ultrasound options for you to familiarise yourself with what is currently available on the market for the healthcare provider working in remote, austere and resource-limited environments.

Accreditation

This course is not accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.  This course does give FAWM credits towards the WMS Fellowship.

Certificates are backed by the College of Remote and Offshore Medicine Foundation and give Fellowship credits towards the Wilderness Medical Society’s FAWM programme.

Online training

The APUS course starts with ten hours of online Moodle-based content. Completing the online content is not mandatory. We provide these lessons and videos as a way for the delegate to get a head start on understanding the fundamental concepts of Ultrasound.

Classroom training

   The two-day Ultrasound course will put your online learning to the test as we spend the majority of the classroom time with the machines.

You will be asked to use your fellow delegates for Ultrasound practice so please wear comfortable clothing.

Clinical training

In order to have a full understanding of the use of ultrasounds in a clinical setting, you will have to spend some time in a diagnostic clinic where you can practice your skills on real patients.

We provide this clinical experience in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Click here to learn more.

Course dates:

3-4 December 2022 Pretty Bay, Malta €450
14-15 January 2023 Pretty Bay, Malta €450
15-16 April 2023 Pretty Bay, Malta €450