PoCUS for Surgery

9f6a7590Welcome!  If you’re a surgeon, critical care physician, or are working to become one I hope this content will be useful.  If you’ll be attending one of our workshops, you’re in the right place.  This is the content you’ll want to review before attending the hands-on portion.  Obviously there are some lectures still to develop and this is a work in progress, but this will cover the basics.  If you find this useful, please drop me a line (joshua.zimmerman@hsc.utah.edu).  Now let’s get scanning!


  • FoCUS is focused cardiovascular ultrasound, and is an important and valuable application of bedside ultrasound.  In this series of lectures we’ll start with the basics, review normal anatomy, normal images, and the techniques required to create those images.  We’ll then focus on basic assessment of valvular and ventricular function.  We finish with a discussion of FoCUS in the assessment of the unstable patient.

Lung Ultrasound

  • Do your patients have pneumothorax? pleural effusion? pneumonia? pulmonary edema?  I thought so.  Our videos nor normal lung, pneumothorax, effusion, and edema are ready to roll.  Check back soon for some advanced discussion of pneumonia and lung consolidation.

Abdominal Ultrasound

  • OK, you’re a surgeon.  I’m not going to tell you how to do an abdominal exam for FAST and I’m not gong to tell you how to ultrasound a bladder.  But mayber there are still a few cool things you haven’t been looking at yet…

Vascular Ultrasound

  • We’ll be ultimately be posting several videos on ultrasound techniques for central venous, arterial, and peripheral vascular access.  We’ll also discuss the use of bedside ultrasound in the diagnosis of DVT, AAA, and carotid stenosis.  DVT is ready to go, tell me what you’d like to see next!