Neonatal Ultrasound

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Complete: 23/08/2021 Complete 18/10/2021 Current Phase


Suitable for trainees who are new to neonatal ultrasound
Takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete
Certificate for completing this course

The following package is designed to provide an insight into the theoretical and practical aspects of neonatal ultrasound for lung and bladder.

Competencies based on this package will be assessed via an online test and through scanning experience on the neonatal unit.

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is a growing movement of focussed ultrasound provided wherever it is needed, be that in resus with a trauma patient or in an ambulance en route to hospital.  It has been established for over ten years in adult practice and is now making its way into paediatric and neonatal care.  It is important to remember that ultrasound should never be used in isolation.  Combine observations, examination and pathology with the ultrasound image to come to a diagnosis.

Course director

Chris Tate

Consultant Paediatrician
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Learning objectives

  • Understand general principles of physics of ultrasound
  • Identify key features of a normal lung on ultrasound
  • Identify key features of a pneumothorax on ultrasound
  • Identify pericardial effusion
  • Identify bladder on ultrasound

Level 1
  • Performs appropriate clinical examinations of a baby, child and young person. D03: L1
  • Carries out an assessment, makes a differential diagnosis, plans appropriate investigations and initiates a treatment plan in accordance with national and local policies. D04: L1
Level 2
  • Understands the evidence base for treatment and assessment strategies, their limitations and when to act outside them with senior support. D04: L2

Level 3
  • Maintains skills at the level of competency. D03: L3
  • Diagnoses and supervises treatment in the common patholgies seen in babies and CYP. D04: L3

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