State of the...

State of the POCUS

Hey y’all! This is going to be a kind of “State of the POCUS” post about new things, upcoming things…and things (If you are reading this, I have slipped the previous sentence past Branden…things) [I see what you did there -Ed.]. We will be producing more rich content later on this week or early next week but for now, you are stuck with me!

It has been over a month since we officially launched and I just want to say thank you to everyone who has stopped by the blog, retweeted anything of ours on Twitter and sent us messages with further links, papers, journals and beer suggestions for our nights off. Seriously, thank you so much, we knew we couldn’t be the only ones with an interest in EMS ultrasound but it really is incredible to see how strong the interest is.

Now on the bulk of what I have today…

There are a few new things with the blog: we have added a few more authors in the last month since I first “accidentally” hit publish and they have produced some amazing posts. We plan on producing many more “frequently asked questions” type posts which will grow into “how to” guides and other pieces to get everyone the basic/relevant knowledge y’all want. You will also see posts with our experiences in making sense of all the dials and shades of grey, as we ourselves learn how to perform point of care ultrasound.

Speaking of the blog, there are some new sections here and there as you may have noticed. FAQ’s and resources have finally made an appearance! The sections have some content but be forewarned that they are far from complete. Blog posts are starting to be subdivided for ease of finding them. On the right hand side of your screen (if you are viewing on a desktop) or down at the bottom (mobile viewing) you will see the “categories” section. The meat and potatoes of ultrasound is going to be found under “Dials and Gel,” and perspectives are found under…um…I’m out of fun names so they will be under “perspectives.”

We as a group are trying to find ways that we can train with our new Jedi Master, Jason Bowman, and once we can get that figured out, the rest of us can hopefully write some awesome posts for y’all.

Besides getting ourselves educated there are some training ideas that are starting to form for us to help everyone else. We will keep you up to date when everything is better hashed out and more tangible.

There is one conference coming up that you can catch a couple of us as attendees. Branden and I will both be at the East Coast Helicopter Operations (E.C.H.O.) Conference in Virginia Beach, September 28-29. If you are going and want to say hi, we will be attending talks and hanging out in the exhibition area…we will be the ones talking the ultrasound reps ears off. If you aren’t going and you are flight crew member (medical, pilot, police air ops, rescue, mechanical or communications), you should check them out; it is looking like a really great *free* conference with a solid POCUS presence on the agenda.

Before I figure a way out to end this post (and I thought the first blog was difficult) I just want to say a huge thank you to our friends at Ultrasound Training Solutions, who have helped me out immensely with research, support and just being awesome folks to talk to about ultrasound (find them on twitter at @UTS_Australia for some excellent FOAMed content).

Before I close I just want to say that on August 25th, we lost a pioneer of modern trauma care. He founded Memorial Hermann Life Flight, was a trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann Trauma Center and taught at UT Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. James “Red” Duke was many things to many people. It has been said that he is legendary, but he was more like a force of nature. One of the biggest lessons he taught was to speak plainly to patients without the jargon. He was SMACC before there was SMACC, an original innovator and a cowboy through and freaking through.
This has been a State of the POCUS address, you may return to you’re regularly scheduled cup of coffee.

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