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Point-of-Care Ultrasonography for Undersea Medical Officers

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2013,31 Jan 2014

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Navy Experimental Diving Unit Panama City United States

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For more than 50 years, ultrasound imaging has been used by physicians to aid in diagnosing and treating patients and has played a vital role in the evaluation of injured military personnel since the First Gulf War. Point-of-care ultrasonography has become more prevalent with the advent of newer, smaller, and more capable ultrasound equipment. The goal of this paper is to illustrate the improved remote care of patients and cost benefits to providing an ultrasound curriculum to Undersea Medical Officers UMO. A comprehensive literature review was performed using PUBMED and search terms such as ultrasound, pre-hospital, remote, military, non-radiology providers, and non-physician providers. In addition, three experts in military ultrasound education, training, and curriculum implementation were consulted. The Special Operator Level Clinical Ultrasound SOLCUS program will provide the education needed to train UMOs in ultrasound. This program will fit conveniently into the Undersea Medical Officer Candidate UMOC curriculum and can be easily incorporated into UMO training around the fleet. All of this can be accomplished with minimal monetary and time costs. Fully equipping and training UMOs in emergency ultrasound will make Navy medicine stronger by improving patient care and management in austere and operational environments.

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