Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) – Prehospital – 1 Day Course

From: £195.00

Introduction to Ultrasound use in Prehospital Care

During the course you will be exposed to the use of Ultrasound in prehospital care and how it can impact clinical decision making in the acute patient.  The course covers:

  • Introduction to ultrasound and its operation
  • The eFAST exam (extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma)
  • An introduction to the interpretation of Ultrasound findings in Prehospital patients.


Participants will gain a new and exciting appreciation for how ultrasound can enhance clinical decision making, the actual relative anatomy of internal organs in live patients, and the benefits and limitations of ultrasound examination informed by the latest literature and evidence-based practices. This course is specifically designed for the challenges of the Prehospital environment.

Who would benefit from this course?

The course is ideal for:

  • Paramedics
  • BASICS Responders
  • Foundation and Core Training Doctors
  • Trainee Practitioners interested in PHEM, who haven’t yet undergone formal ultrasound training
  • Those providing acute trauma care in Prehospital and Hazardous Environments
  • It’s also a fantastic refresher for clinicians who want to become more confident in their basic emergency ultrasound skills.

Course Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Ultrasound Physics and Technology
  2. Demonstrate the safe and correct use of Ultrasound equipment when used for PoCUS
  3. Demonstrate the use of PoCUS in the performance of the eFAST exam
  4. Demonstrate proper scanning technique by fanning through the entirety of the structures being examined
  5. Acquire and interpret sonographic images to correctly identify key landmarks for the trauma patient.

What does the course cover?

  • Basic physics of ultrasound imaging
  • Principles of Ultrasound use
  • Basic ultrasound artefacts
    • posterior acoustic enhancement
    • acoustic shadowing
    • reverberation artefact
    • ring-down artefact
    • mirroring
  • Acquisition and interpretation of lung ultrasound findings for detection of:
    • significant pneumothorax
    • significant pleural fluid
  • Acquisition of basic echocardiographic views in the Subcostal and Parasternal Long Axis
    • Interpretation of basic echocardiographic views in the Subcostal and Parasternal Long Axis for detection of pericardial fluid and identification of associated features of tamponade, such as right ventricular diastolic collapse
  • Acquisition and interpretation of sonographic images as part of a ‘FAST’ exam for the detection of abdominal /peritoneal free fluid
  • Proper scanning technique
  • Acquisition and interpretation of sonographic views of the abdomen in the context of the eFAST that include:
    • Correct identification of the Lung Interstitia, Spinous Processes, Diaphragm, Liver, spleen and Kidneys
    • The communication of the Lung, Diaphragm, Spleen and Liver
    • The caudal tip of the liver
    • The Hepatorenal potential space
    • The Potential space between the diaphragm and the spleen
    • The Splenorenal potential space
  • Acquisition and interpretation of sonographic views of the Pelvis in the context of the eFAST that include:
    • Identification of the Urinary Bladder, Prostate and seminal vesicles (in males) and uterus (in females)
    • The potential spaces; below, above, and lateral to the urinary bladder where free fluid may collect.


Attendees will be examined using a combination of observed / supervised scans and written multiple-choice testing.  Pre-Course, Formative, and Summative examination is used.


All attendees will be given a certificate of attendance. Attendees who are felt to have demonstrated skilled scanning and clinical integration of sonographic findings above the expected level of performance will also be offered a certificate of merit.


The price includes lunches and refreshments.  All specialist Personal Protective Equipment is provided for use on the course.

Individual Students

You can book an “Open” course delivered at our venue in Snowdonia, North Wales.  If the course has insufficient numbers then the date may be changed. You will always receive at least 14 days notice if this occurs and will be offered a refund if the date is not convenient for you.

Corporate Package

Corporate pricing is available, we are able to deliver training at your own site (subject to suitability of the venue) or at our site. This enables you to book entire courses, secure dates that are convenient for your organisation, and reduce your costs.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more about this course, thinking of registering or are looking to find out if we can tailor a course to your needs, then please feel free to get in touch with us.