Vascular Ultrasound Course (Micro-credential)

This micro-credential focuses on the assessment of blood vessels with ultrasound including flow assessment with colour flow and pulse wave Doppler and the use of ultrasound in obtaining vascular access. Important pathologies covered include the assessment of deep venous thrombosis and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Venous access methods covered include central access, peripheral access and access to deep peripheral veins, such as the basilic vein.

Registration will be through Canterbury Christ Church University.

Next dates: tbc

NB: You can only enrol on 2 micro-credentials at a time

Fee: £450

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Vascular Ultrasound Micro-credential

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What does the Vascular Ultrasound course cover?

  • Medico-legal aspects – outlining the responsibility to practise within specific levels of competence and the requirements for training
  • The value and role of departmental protocols
  • Indications for examinations
  • Patient information and preparation
  • Relevance of ultrasound to other imaging modalities
  • Informed consent
  • Understanding of image acquisition and optimisation in relation to ultrasound imaging of the arteries and veins
  • Scanning techniques, including the use of spectral and colour Doppler
  • Understanding of normal and abnormal vascular ultrasound appearances relevant to PoCUS
  • Recognition of deep vein thrombosis
  • Application of ultrasound to peripheral and central cannulation
  • Principles of ultrasound diagnosis in vascular PoCUS
  • Reporting the ultrasound scan and the outcome of the procedure
  • The influence of ultrasound results on the need for other imaging

How is the course taught?

Video materials will cover the knowledge content.

Didactic teaching will alternate with practical sessions during the face-to-face sessions, covering the material listed above.

Practical sessions will use a range of ultrasound systems to develop scanning skills working with normal volunteers. Simulators will be used to develop skills in imaging and identifying abnormalities.

Who will be teaching the course?

The course will be taught by experienced faculty with many years of both point-of-care ultrasound use in clinical practice and in the teaching of the relevant skills.

How will the skills of Vascular Ultrasound be assessed?

The award of the micro-credential will require successful completion of both written and practical assessments.

The knowledge content will be assessed through a multiple-choice examination using still images where appropriate.

Practical skills will be assessed through obtaining optimal images on normal subjects and through obtaining optimal images of simulated pathology on simulators.

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