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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Ultrasound staff facilitates valuable training

SKILLS TRANSFER: Hands-on training was provided during the workshop. SKILLS TRANSFER: Hands-on training was provided during the workshop.

Valuable hands-on training and skills transfer were among the objectives of a successful collaboration between the Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences Department and the Western Cape Government College of Emergency Care.

The collaboration started when the Department’s ultrasound team was approached by Erefaan Ismail, Clinical Coordinator at the college, and tasked with presenting a Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) workshop for lecturing staff at the college.

“The FAST scan entails the ultrasound assessment of the abdomen for free fluid, especially in patients who were involved in motor vehicle accidents or in trauma-related incidents. The Emergency Medical Care (EMC) staff need to exclude free fluid in the right upper quadrant (Morrison's pouch), left upper quadrant (splenorenal pouch), around the heart (pericardial effusion) and in the pelvis,” said Dr Merlisa Kemp, Programme Co-ordinator and Lecturer: BSc Diagnostic Ultrasound.

The workshop, facilitated by Kemp, was conducted in two parts. The first part was conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams by staff from the ultrasound team. Kemp gave an introduction to ultrasound, Dr Mark Marais introduced the physical principles of ultrasound, Geordean Schwartz covered the Ultrasound system knobology and Chrisone Smit covered the section on FAST and eFAST (extended FAST).

The second part entailed hands-on clinical training of the 30 EMC staff in the application of the ultrasound technique in the FAST scan. 

Kemp said Gizelle Erasmus, an ultrasound application specialist from Africa Xray Industrial and Medical, provided four ultrasound systems for the workshop and assisted with the hands-on training sessions.

“The College of Emergency Care lecturers were also clinically assessed at the end of the hands-on training session to determine if they were competent in handling the ultrasound probe and identifying/assessing the four regions during a FAST scan. All staff passed the assessment and were looking forward to future collaborations with the ultrasound team.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks


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