Point of Care Technology (POCT) (MPH150)
Upon completion of this course the student will have knowledge and competence in prehospital point-of-care technology, including ultrasonography, biomarkers for life threatening conditions and advanced neuro-diagnostics.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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- Ultrasound physics
- Application and limitations of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS)
- Introduction to lung, abdominal, heart and trauma PoCUS protocols
- Introduction to vascular ultrasound including guiding of vascular access and diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis
- Hands-on practical ultrasound training in small groups
- Biomarkers and point-of-care blood analysis
- Application and limitations of prehospital blood tests
- Application and limitations of prehospital neuro-diagnostic
- Statistical models to evaluate the effectiveness of diagnostic tests
A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- Has thorough knowledge of, and will be able to analyse the basic theory, application and limitations of focused ultrasound assessment, as well as application of ultrasound for peripheral vascular access
- Has thorough knowledge of, and can analyse the application and limitations of, selected general biomarkers in the prehospital environment
- Can analyse and critically appraise, as well as demonstrate basic skills in applying ultrasound in focused assessments and in vascular access in experimental models
- Can analyse and critically appraise the correct application of point-of-care blood tests
- Can recognize and communicate the criterias for the usefulness of a point-of-care diagnostic test in general
- Can analyse and discuss the benefits and limitations for a point-of-care diagnostic test in various clinical situations
- Can identify, consider, and communicate the aspects of overconsumption of diagnostic tests
- Can analyse and discuss the cost vs. benefit aspects of diagnostic tests within the health care system
- Can describe and apply the basic statistics used to determine the presence or absence of disease
Required prerequisite knowledge
|Form of assessment||Weight||Duration||Marks||Aid|
|Home exam||1/1||14 Days||Letter grades|
1: 80% overall class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an individual evaluation.
2: 100 % attendance at the practical ultrasound training module. If the student does not participate in the practical ultrasound training, a certificate of an equivalent ultrasound course may be accepted.
3. At end of the on-campus module a theoretical test in ultrasound theory, images and videos must be passed in order to take the exam.