EMUG-Vic Meeting II Report
The EMUG-Vic Meeting II – Cardiac Ultrasound was subtitled “Emergency POCUS and the Four Chambers of Secrets” and, as the theme promised, it proved to be a most magical and enlightening evening! The Mt Erica Hotel in Prahran was our venue for discussion of sonographic wizardry, with the lovely house staff (or should that be house elves?) keeping us fed and watered. Despite Melbourne doing its best to freeze us all, attendance on the evening was very pleasing, with 51 registered attendees – a great result!
After a brief introduction by yours truly (decked out in a rather spectacular wizard hat, if I might say so myself), we launched into the education! Emergency consultant Dr Amaali Lokuge began the evening with a talk on Basic Echo in Life Support (BELS), which served as a great introduction to POCUS echo (and also busted a few myths about BELS – such as the old chestnut that no cardiac contractility = no survival). She was followed by fellow emergency consultant Dr Adam Bystricki, with “Beyond BELS” – a great talk which showed us a few different cardiac views, a few new techniques and gave us food for thought about how to perform echo at higher levels. Finally, intensivist Dr Vinodh Nanjayya gave us some insights into how our ICU colleagues utilise echo, and how it is now a mandatory part of ICU training.
Our panel discussion afterwards generated some interesting discussion about credentialing, incorporating ultrasound into Emergency training, among other topics. Emergency consultant Dr Pourya Pouryaha shared an amazing case where BELS allowed him to make a game-changing diagnosis, and intensivist Dr Subash Arora talked about how Dandenong Hospital is initiating a special echo credentialing program for its trainees.
The evening was organised by myself and Anthony Wald, and we would like to thank all the speakers for sharing their experience and expertise with us, and also the staff at Mt Erica Hotel for helping the evening to run smoothly. Also, a huge thank you to our sponsors Cardiac Skills Australia and Life Health Care, whose financial assistance was much appreciated. And of course – thanks to all who attended! It was a great turn out and we look forward to EMUG-Vic Meeting III – date and topic to be announced soon!