General Trauma

US in Trauma and ICU

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.50
  • Cost: $70.00
  • Release: Nov 22, 2016
  • Expires: Nov 21, 2019
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s) , 30 Minutes
  • System Requirements:
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Charity  Evans Charity Evans, MD, MHCM, FACS
Clerkship Director
Department of Surgery
Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery
College of Medicine
Assitant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska

Daniel W.  Johnson Daniel W. Johnson, MD
Division Chief, Critical Care
Director, Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship
Associate Director, Cardiovascular ICU
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

Edgardo S.  Salcedo Edgardo S. Salcedo, MD
Associate Program Director
General Surgery Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Trauma Program
UC Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, California

Needs Statement

Ultrasound is gaining popularity in the work up of trauma patients and in the intensive care unit, given its ease of use, noninvasiveness, lack of radiation and ability to give real-time data.  However, the accuracy of the use of ultrasound is operator dependent, and requires focused, supervised training to ensure that the operator correctly interprets the sonographic findings.  An overview of the indications, advantages, disadvantages and technique of the FAST, eFAST, calculation of cardiac output and IVC diameter by ultrasound gives learners the basic knowledge needed to advance their ultrasound skills.  It is imperative that trauma surgeons and surgical critical care intensivists hone their ultrasound skills so that its use is accurate and reliable.

Target Audience



Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the use of US
  2. Describe the physics, modes and probes of US
  3. Define the types, limitations and process of the FAST and eFAST exams


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge

Faculty Disclosure

No speakers, authors, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.