The widespread introduction of ultrasound has brought with it many concerns relating to competency and training. With the greater availability of machines and an increasing number of clinical indications there’s a requirement for employing hospitals to ensure clinicians are competent in the use of any equipment used by an employee. Ultrasound has a distinct learning curve and trainee usage is characterised by common novice behaviour and mistakes.
This document presents a set of broad guidelines for current trainees and those who completed their formal training programmes before the introduction of ultrasound. It includes information on:
- Clinical governance and ultrasound
- Essential ultrasound knowledge and skills
- Regional anaesthesia and pain medicine
- Vascular procedures
- Thoracic ultrasound
- Abdominal ultrasound