Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis: Procedure Module

Online Ultrasound Course for Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis: Procedure Module
Ultrasound Simulator for Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis: Procedure Module

Module Overview

This Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis: Procedure Module teaches the basic principles of how to perform an ultrasound-guided thoracentesis. The course explores the use of ultrasound to detect pleural effusions, clinical indications for performing a thoracentesis, procedural complications, and procedural steps for performing ultrasound-guided thoracentesis.

In-module questions and a final mastery test assess didactic knowledge. The patented SonoSimulator® helps to develop the requisite cognitive task awareness and visuospatial skills required to perform ultrasound-guided thoracentesis.

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Course Lessons

  • Introduction
  • Regional Anatomy
  • Sonographic Anatomy
  • Procedure Preparation
  • Procedure Steps
  • Technical Tips & Pitfalls
  • Complications
  • Summary



Hands-On Cases

The SonoSimulator helps to develop and maintain the critical psychomotor and visuospatial skills that are central to performing ultrasound-guided thoracentesis. You will learn how to perform a thoracentesis in a convenient and risk-free setting.
  • 10 real-patient based cases including:
    • Small-volume pleural effusion cases
    • Moderate-volume pleural effusion cases
    • Large-volume pleural effusion cases
    • Recognizing underlying lung pathology
      • Alveolar-interstitial syndrome
      • Lung adhesions
      • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Male and female patients with variable body habitus
  • Multiple diagnostic imaging windows
  • In-plane and out-of-plane needle guidance
  • Curvilinear and linear-array transducers
  • M-mode and color-flow Doppler screening of overlying soft tissue

Knowledge Assessment with Performance Tracking

  • 12 interspersed questions and answers with real-time feedback
  • 20-question mastery test
*Enjoy 24/7 access to this SonoSim Module for 12 months from date of purchase. Extend your license on an annual basis for a charge of 10% of the original SonoSim Module price.

Continued Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, and SonoSim, Inc. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 5 hours of ACEP Category I credit.

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