Ponte Vedra 2011

Once again our annual ultrasound course in Ponte Vedra was a great success! Participants got an early start on the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine symposium by honing their ultrasound skills at our pre-conference course.

Nationally recognized faculty joined course director Bret Nelson in covering critical care applications of ultrasound, including:

We are grateful to Petra Duran, MD, RDMS and her residents for arranging the logistics of the conference. In addition, Anthony Weekes, MD, RDMS, RCS, Vivek Tayal, MD, and Joseph Wood, MD, JD, RDMS who rounded out our all-star faculty.

References for the various hypotension evaluations mentioned in the course follow after the break.

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TEE and SCCM Cardiac Care Conference

Sinai Ultrasound’s own Rob Arntfield served as ultrasound faculty at the recent Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Summer Conference entitled “Acute Cardiac Care.” The conference was held in Banff, Alberta, Canada at the majestic Banff Springs hotel. Superb lectures on acute cardiac care were complemented by practical workshops on point of care echocardiography and ECMO. The echocardiography training consisted of didactic lectures by Dr. Yanick Beaulieu and practical workshops.  These practical workshops featured live models as well as transthoracic and transesophageal simulators capable of mimicking normal and pathologic cardiac states.

The role of TEE in EM is still emerging.  Challenged by cost of the transducers and lack of training today, these obstacles are expected be overcome with time.  With effectively guaranteed excellent image acquisition and a low complication rate, TEE carries many advantages over TTE.  By allowing the TEE tranducer to either rest in the mid-esophageal 4-chamber view or trans-gastric short axis views during cardiac arrest, the need for prolonged pulse checks and/or TTE image acquisition for assessment of cardiac activity would be eliminated.  As TEE training (largely through effective simulation) penetrates the ED, future generations may wonder how we ever “coped” with the transthoracic approach in our arrested or peri-arrested patients.

Rob Arntfield demonstrates the use of the Vimedix TEE simulator at the SCCM Acute Cardiac Care Conference in Banff, Canada.

SAEM Boston 2011

The Emergency Ultrasound Interest Group has become an Academy thanks to the hard work of Beatrice Hoffman MD, PhD and James Moak MD, current and past Chairs and many others.  The Word of the Day for the meeting was “Sonopalpation.”  Congratulations to Vicki Noble MD for winning the 2011 SAEM Ultrasound Academy Research Award, and Chris Fox MD for winning the 2011 SAEM Ulltrasound Academy Education Award!


Vicki Noble accepting the AEUS research award.
Vicki Noble accepting the AEUS research award.


Chris Fox accepting the AEUS education award
Chris Fox accepting the AEUS education award


Welcome to the incoming executive board — Matt Fields, secretary; Stan Wu, treasurer; Andrew Liteplo – education officer; Romolo Gaspari – research officer, Resa Lewiss, incoming chair, and Nova Panebianco 2012-2013 chair-elect.


SAEM US Academy Executive Board
Left to Right: Resa, Nova, Romolo, Andrew, Stan, Matt