It may feel like we have been talking about a lot on imaging recently, but in emergency medicine, we do a lot of imaging! More specifically, CTs are a cornerstone in the emergency department and contrast is frequently used. However, there have been concerns about the use of contrast in higher risk populations which we have also discussed before. In patients at higher risk, is prophylactic hydration beneficial? We discuss that on today's podcast with a new randomized control trial.
We have Frank Norman back on the podcast to talk a little more about the Society of Physician Assistants in Clinical Ultrasound (SPACUS) but also to discuss integrating an ultrasound program into an already busy PA school curriculum or getting it into the work place. Especially in rural or remote settings, this can be a significant challenge, but we cover it in today's podcast.
Frank Norman joins the podcast today to discuss the Society of Physician Assistants in Clinical Ultrasound (SPACUS) and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) competency. The conversation also includes teasing out competency versus certification. Listening to this podcast is great for not only those who are new to ultrasound but also for those with experience and looking to help others interested in POCUS.
With Physician Assistants (PAs) starting to celebrate 50 years of the profession (PA image from AAPA website), there is still debate as to the quality of care provided by PAs. There have been studies on the topic, but very little in the field of emergency medicine and the paper we discuss today helps address this issue. Today with our guest Patrick Bafuma we tackle that very question along with a discussion of PAs in emergency medicine in general.
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