Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma (FAST)
Course Overview: FAST training teaches the student the basic principles of ultrasound use and applies the technology for the rapid, bedside diagnosis of injury. The one-day course is taught by faculty routinely utilizing the technology for the rapid bedside evaluation of trauma patients in their practice. The course consists of two one-hour didactic lectures covering the principles of ultrasound technology followed by its practical application in the assessment and management of the injured patient. Then, there is a two hour, hands-on training session where the students have one-on-one instruction by an experienced trauma ultrasonographer utilizing the “blue phantom ultrasound trainers,” which simulates real patient pathology. Finally, the course concludes with examples of models used for credentialing and billing for services in a hospital setting.
Course Goals and Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will be able to:
- Discuss the principles of ultrasound in medicine;
- Apply these principles to the evaluation of the injured patient;
- Demonstrate proficiency on the trauma simulator in identifying injury abnormalities in the abdomen and pelvic and chest;
- Identify the models of credentialing for performance of trauma ultrasound; and
- Discuss the options for billing for physician services when performing FAST.
Student Target / Number of Students: The target audience for the course is surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, family practice physicians, as well as licensed APNs and PAs currently working in the emergency department. The course size is 12 students per course.
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