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.
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
Theoretical test in ultrasound theory, images and videos, 80% class attendance, 100% attendance at the ultrasound module
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.
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There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.