We are a local based, not for profit EM ultrasound specialist interest group.
We want to bring together the many emergency ultrasound users and supporters throughout the Greater Sydney area in an enjoyable and progressive forum. We want to look at the common obstacles and challenges we encounter in improving our ultrasound skills and help coordinate the different hospital sites in a common goal of optimal use of scanning for our patients best interests.
Through our regular three monthly meetings, active online interactions on the EMUGs website and our other social media we hope to increase collaboration between users and hospitals and look at good practice initiatives in some sites and bring this higher level of care to other interested sites.
By distributing a short 3-4 minute SurveyMonkey questionnaire to all FACEM’s and EM Advanced Trainee’s in the Greater Sydney area (and beyond… John Hunter and others want to be involved, and we hear they’re really good with a probe!) we hope to assess the current interest, experience, plans and issues for EM ultrasound amongst the respondents.
We will use this to help guide our future activities and support.
We support and look for the re-establishment of a local accessible accreditation program that will help EM ultrasound user’s to gain accreditation in eFAST and AAA and Vascular access as a beginning. Processes are underway with HETI to set up a similar program to that of UTEC (Ultrasound Training for Emergency Clinicians) that had funding removed in 2013.
We will encourage and support individual hospitals to increase ultrasound education in their training and also try and support US leads in each hospital by offering resources from other available hospital programs. We will encourage increased collaboration between Emergency and Ultrasound and Echo departments to aid optimal departmental support.
We want to liaise and work with all of the other relevant ultrasound and medical organisations including but not limited to ACEM, ASUM, ASA, HETI, ECI and the ultrasound training and hardware companies. We aim to build bridges with any organisation that is willing and look to collaborating with these institutions to improve EM ultrasound training and patient care.
We acknowledge that our aims are not necessarily easy, however they are achievable over time with the right support and collaboration in a percentage of the hospitals in the area. Rome wasn’t built in a day but we believe that with a critical mass, small sustainable steps can be made over time to help improve ultrasound training and utilisation in our hospitals and pre-hospital services.
What can we aspire to??
Have a look at this… This is an emergency department in Australia… but see what has happened.