- extended Focussed Assessment Sonography in Trauma (eFAST)
- Equipment and image optimisation
- Emergency lung assessment for pneumothorax
- Imaging techniques
- Pathology review
- Tips and pitfalls
Course Dates & Fees
Extended Focused Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST) was the original flagship of bedside ultrasound. Nowadays sending the unstable trauma patient straight to theatre is not an everyday occurrence, and, eFAST scanning remains one of the most useful point of care ultrasound techniques, for reasons other than those proposed by its creators. eFAST can risk stratify the patient with an ectopic pregnancy, identify ascites, guide paracentesis, but most importantly – familiarises novices with the ‘windows’ of the abdomen.
Following a machine familiarisation session and sono-anatomy lesson, you will be taught how to acquire a set of scans that adequately rule out free fluid in the abdominal cavity, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion and pneumothorax.
You will gain an understanding of machine optimisation including ‘tips & traps’ and anatomy familiarisation on real patient models.
Want to be recognised as a safe and competent point of care ultrasound user?
This course is the first step toward attaining a credential in point of care ultrasound (Certificate of Competence).
Learn more about our credentialing pathway.
Who should attend?
- Emergency Medicine Physician
- Family Physician
- General Practitioner
- Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Renal Physician
- Sports Medicine Physician
To acquire a complete set of diagnostic quality views to answer protocol based clinical questions for an eFAST scan:
- Is there free fluid in the chest or abdomen and is there a pneumothorax?
Expected Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate effective use of an ultrasound machine
- Optimise an ultrasound image
- Recognise normal ultrasound anatomy and describe it using sonographic terminology
- Identify the parameters of safe application of eFAST ultrasound and its limitations in medical diagnosis.
- Acquire images of: Pericardium (subxiphoid view), RUQ, LUQ, pelvis and lung (windows for pneumothorax and pleural effusion)
- How to document the ultrasound findings.
- Identify the limitations of ultrasound and identify when to on-refer patients for formal scanning or complimentary investigations.
|eFAST (Basic) Course||5 cases (included in course fee)|
|eFAST (Advanced) Course||15 cases (to be purchased separately)|
- Basic Course — upon completion of the eFAST Basic course, students may submit up to 5 cases for Tutor review, at no additional cost.
- Advanced Course — those who wish to achieve the ultrasound credential will need to purchase the additional 15 cases (reviews) in addition to the course fee.
- No cases are required to be submitted prior to enrolling in the eFAST Advanced course.
- There is no obligation for students to submit cases if they do not wish to be credentialed.
Qualification: MBBS with SMC registration — or international equivalent.
Equipment: Regular access to an ultrasound machine and patients.
Prior learning: No previous ultrasound experience is necessary.
Prior to commencing course:
Pre-course material will be provided four weeks before the course start date. This will include videos and a short quiz. It is mandatory to review this material prior to attending as it is the foundation material for the course.
- Hands-on practical scanning on real patient models and simulators, with a maximum ratio of 1 tutor to 4 students.
- Expert led presentations and demonstrations.
- Online videos and directed reading.
- Online logbook — upload your images for personalised and constructive feedback from your dedicated tutor.
- Formative rubric assessment — measure you skill progression and highlight areas for improvement.
8:15 am to 4:15 pm
National University of Singapore
MD6, 14 Medical Drive,
Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided.