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EM Ultrasound

Here are answers to seven frequently asked questions about the ultrasound program. Further details, tutorials on ultrasound use, and lots of pictures can be found at:

1. Where is the ultrasound machine?

  1. a. There should be an ultrasound machine in the following locations:
    • i. RESUS area (in alcove to the right of Resus Printer, beneath the blue and grey Ultrasound Poster)
    • ii. Gyn rooms 9 or 13
    • iii. Peds room 4
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  2. b. Often machines find themselves in other areas, including patient rooms, hallways, or Urgent Care

2. Do I need to save images?a. YES

3. How do I save images? (details with pictures at )a. Press “Patient” button on machine
b. Enter YOUR IBEX initials (ie. ABN or EBN) under the Patients’ Last Name
c. Enter the patient’s MR# under ID
d. Press “Done” to begin scanning- you should now see your IBEX initials and the Patient MR# on the top of the screen
e. FREEZE (big blue button) the desired image, and press SAVE
f. SAVE as many images as you like- at least two views of any organ of interest
g. When you are finished, press the triangle (END) key to log off

4. How do I clean the machine?
a. Use the TranSeptic spray- spray liberally, wipe clean

5. What do I do if the probes are dirty?

a. NEVER use a dirty probe for patient care.

b. Clean probes with TranSeptic Spray before using them in patient care, and before returning the machine to its normal location

6. How many ultrasounds do I need to become credentialed?

a. Faculty need 25 (twenty-five) documented ultrasounds (images and interpretations) in a particular indication (ie. Cardiac, pelvic) to become credentialed

b. Residents need the same number, though they cannot be ‘credentialed’ from a hospital perspective while in training

7. Where are the extra-long needles, useful for placing deep peripheral lines with ultrasound guidance?

  1. In the Red Suture Cart located near the ambulance entrance in the North Zone. Top Drawer.
  2. 1.88 inch, 18-guage catheters and 3.25 inch, 16-guage catheters are available there in addition to the standard angiocath sizes.

Thank you for your help, and please email Bret Nelson with any questions.

Written by phil

August 15th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Ultrasound