The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is starting a new fellowship program for Emergency Department (ED) physicians to be trained in advanced Point-of-Care Ultrasound skills.
“Point-of-Care Ultrasounds are where the future of emergency medicine lies,” said Dr. Sachin Ramkissoon, ED Ultrasound Director at TSH.
“Instead of having to request and wait for an ultrasound from the diagnostic imaging department, these units can be brought to the patient and are used to determine everything from internal bleeding, to how the heart is pumping, to the location and health of a fetus. This means shorter wait times, better care, and an increase in patient satisfaction.”
Beginning in early July, two physicians will train in the EDs at TSH to earn their Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer certification and an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship certification. They will be trained by TSH’s Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director Dr. Jeffrey Shih, who received his advanced Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship training at Yale University.
Bringing Point-of-Care Ultrasounds to TSH has truly been a team effort. In 2014, ED physicians funded the purchase of several probes and the software, collectively donating about $30,000. This year, they donated enough to fund another four units at a total retail cost of more than $200,000. The hospital’s two EDs now have six state-of-the-art Point-of-Care Ultrasound machines.
What’s more, with the launch of the Fellowship program, Point-of-Care Ultrasound results are now being recorded electronically into the patient’s record. Every scan is reviewed by either Dr. Shih or Dr. Ramkissoon.
“The review of all ultrasound images serves as a means of quality assurance that will increase patient safety, while also improving a physician’s skills,” said Dr. Shih.
Dr. Ramkissoon also points out that more than 70 per cent of ED physicians at TSH have been trained to the standards set out by the Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society.
“It’s all a part of our goal to deliver world-class emergency medicine care to our global community,” said Dr. Ramkissoon.