Emergency Ultrasound

FOAM Ultrasound: #FOAMus Highlight

Zack Grambos, MD

Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Volumes 1 and 2 on iBooks

Since 2013, an iBook authored by none other than Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin has been making waves in the world of ED Ultrasound and Point-of-Care Ultrasound. You may recognize their names from the The “Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound” represents the ideal of FOAM by being a free and easily downloadable text. You can find it on the iBooks store. While the text is well written and referenced, it is also jam packed with interactive diagrams, video loops, and narrated video demonstrations. Over the course of the two volumes you will delve into basic ED sonography but can also satisfy your appetite for something more advanced. There are dedicated chapters in musculoskeletal sonography, nerve blocks, IV placement, and much more. Be on the lookout for an update coming down the pipe with fresh videos, figures, and literature updates. 

The Block Guru

On a more recent note, there has been a growing body of literature on nerve blocks performed in the ED. There is not only a role for it in managing acute fractures but to facilitate potentially painful ED procedures and obviating the need for the often time and resource consuming procedural sedation. While these procedures may not be common to everyday practice there is almost certainly times when performing a nerve block is helpful not only to you but to the patient. Check out the BlockGuru App on Apple and Android devices. It’ll cost $6-7 but gives you a step-by-step guide to performing very proximal and distal blocks for upper and lower extremities. If you ask nicely you can also get a laminated poster sent to you! Pitfalls and relevant anatomy are also outlined in detail. While the material is technically geared toward Anesthesiologists, the developers at BLOCK GuRu are currently compiling an ED specific poster for US guided nerve blocks.

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