Episode 29: US in Dyspnea Part 2

by Bob Stuntz in ,

She's short of breath.  Has a history of CHF, COPD, cancer, and has had a cough today...

Sound familiar?  Undifferentiated dyspnea can be a challenge.  But you know me, I'm a sucker for anything 1,540 m/s, and US is usually the answer.  Fortunately, EM Chief Resident, FOAM US superstar, and resident US guru Jacob Avila (@UltrasoundMD) agrees, and he wanted to teach you all how to use US to solve this concerning clinical conundrum.  The possibilities are endless, but Dr. Avila shows you how to simplify your clinical decision making and make the right call. 

In the conclusion, Dr. Avila takes you through pneumonia, pleural effusion, and PE/DVT.  He also offers the all important word of warning: remember to incorporate US correctly.  Know your indications, how do perform and interpret the exams correctly, and put them in the right clinical context.  

Make sure to check out Jacob and his great blog, 5 Minute Sono.  While you're at it, Jacob works a bunch with Ben Smith, who has a great US blog himself - give him a look as well.  Also, check out the EM Res Podcast Google Community.  Check out our example videos and Dr. Avila's amazing summary of references!  Then enjoy the podcast!

And of course, if you haven't already, go back and listen to Part 1!

This episode and part one will be eligible for Asynchronous Learning - Will be posting the quiz in the next few days.  After answering the short questions in the quizzes, you can print out a certificate that says you spent time listening to the podcast and doing the quiz.  My hope is, that with approval from your individual US EM Residency program directors, you can count this toward individual interactive instruction time (also known as asynchronous learning) if you are in a US EM residency program.  As stated, make sure your program director approves of this before you go chalking this up as asynchronous time.