VanPOCUS is a group of Vancouver-based ultrasound experts who are dedicated to providing high quality point of care ultrasound education at all levels of training and practice. From full year fellowships to single day conferences, VanPOCUS provides learning opportunities across a range of specialties and disciplines.
VanPOCUS ran the UBC R1 ultrasound course in a physically distanced manner, given the current COVID-19 pandemic. The R1 cohort had to be separated into smaller groups and had to act as their own models. We had help from former fellow Neil Long and current fellow Zafrina Poonja.
Neil Long and Justin Ahn are featured in a video by the Burnaby Hospital and the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundations where they describe their participation in Microsoft Philanthropies’ Hack for Good program. They have partnered with Microsoft’s team to develop a low cost pericardiocentesis trainer, using 3D printing and cheap, easily accesible materials like gelatine and balloons.
The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Emergency Ultrasound Committee has published recommendations on the use of POCUS in the management of patients with suspected COVID-19. Key recomendations focus on the clinical indications for using POCUS, typical lung ultrasound findings, infection control strategies, and a protocol for safely cleaning an ultrasound machine.
Given the current situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from Vancouver Coastal Health about cancelling all non-essential group meetings and events, the organizing committee has made the decision to cancel our April 18th Vancouver POCUS Symposium and to postpone the event to the fall. This is in keeping with both health authority and provincial recommendations, and at the end of the day, we believe this is the right thing to do. While we're disappointed about this, we hope that all of you will be able to join us for a rescheduled symposium in the fall.
Our fellow Neil Long has worked with Life in the Fastlane to get our VanPOCUS video tutorials on to the Life in the Fastlane blog! Check it out at: https://litfl.com/ultrasound-library/vancouver-pocus/