An Outreach Initiative
By Dr Jonathan Henry
The inaugural PEARLS (POCUS for Emergency and Acute care in Resource-Limited Settings) course was run in Port Vila, Vanuatu in August 2022. Ni-Vanuatu doctors received handheld ultrasound probes to plug in to their smartphone or tablet, and undertook three days of ultrasound training from a visiting Australasian team.
The team consisted of three emergency physicians - Jonathan Henry, Darsim Haji and Mick Killeen - and most importantly, sonographer-extraordinaire Jo McCann! Post-course the upskilled doctors are continuing to receive educational feedback via remote image review.
Plans are afoot to broaden the project's reach in the Pacific - connect with us on Twitter @PEARLS_POCUS to learn more about our ongoing work.