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Work in progress: Pediatric ultrasound videos

Posted Jan 12 2010 12:00am

A few years ago, I helped a colleague of mine Dr. Ron Dieckmann build his major international, clinical-decision support software for Pediatric EM. This software is called PEMSoft. I helped build the Procedures section, which contains text, graphics, and often movies of the procedures.

PEMSoft, which is currently in CD-ROM format, is actively being converted to an online format. This allows for us (KidsCareEverywhere - a non-profit organization) to more-easily deliver this resource to underserved countries.

I am currently working with Dr. Jason Fischer (Highland EM Ultrasound Fellow), an over-achiever friend of mine who has also finished a 2-year Pediatric EM Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Oakland. We are developing an entire Pediatric Ultrasound section for PEMSoft. Pediatric bedside ultrasonography in the ED is an emerging field of EM. In the right setting, it is a great imaging modality, especially given the recent literature about CT irradiation risks.

We are writing teaching modules for:
  • Pneumothorax
  • Hemothorax
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Abdominal free fluid in RUQ , LUQ and pelvis
  • Bladder sizing (for catheterization)
  • FB in soft tissue
  • Abscess
  • Vascular access
If you would like to contribute a non-copyrighted video for any of these modules, please email me. I'd love to include and would credit you, if we use it. Your video could be helping emergency physicians and pediatricians around the world, ranging from big-city U.S. hospitals to rural villages in Vietnam.

If you would like FREE access to PEMSoft Online, Ron has temporarily opened it up for free during this beta-test phase. It is still in a relatively basic form, but you can get the gist of the sfotware. For Mac users, you need to have the plug-in Flip4Mac to view the videos.

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