Point of care ultrasonography use and training among trauma providers across Canada

Point of care ultrasonography use and training among trauma providers across Canada

Can J Surg 2016;59(1):6-8 | PDF

Essa M. AlEassa, MBBS, MSc; Markus T. Ziesmann, MD, MSc; Andrew W. Kirkpatrick, MD, MSc; Charles L. Wurster, MD; Lawrence M. Gillman, MD


Point of care ultrasonography (POCUS) is revolutionizing care of critically ill patients. However, training in POCUS is extremely variable, with no accepted curriculum or certification process. We aimed to delineate the training experience and use of POCUS among trauma providers across Canada via a secure e-questionnaire sent to members of the Trauma Association of Canada. This commentary discusses our survey results and argues for the standardization of POCUS training and certification in Canada.

This study was presented as an oral presentation at the Trauma Association of Canada Conference 2014, Montreal, Canada.

Accepted for publication Aug. 5, 2015

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (AlEassa, Ziesmann, Gillman); the Regional Trauma Services, Departments of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta. (Kirkpatrick); the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia, Nanaimo, BC (Wurster).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.010215

Correspondence to: G. Melich, Department of Surgery, Royal Columbian Hospital, University of British Columbia, 330 E Columbia St., New Westminster, BC, V3L 3W7; gmelich@hotmail.com