Front Med (Lausanne). 2023 Aug 22;10:1193243. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1193243. eCollection 2023.
OBJECTIVE: Dyspnea is a common symptom in the Emergency Department, with a wide variety of differential diagnoses. Previous research has demonstrated the diagnostic accuracy of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in this field of interest. Our goal was to better establish sonography in our emergency department with a practicable and time effective method. Therefore, we implemented a sonography protocol in an interprofessional emergency team using blended learning as a modern didactic approach and evaluated the learning and teaching success. We named the study FETUS, which stands for "Feasibility of Employing Thoracic Ultrasound in Shortness of Breath."
METHODS: A demonstration of the POCUS protocol was given, followed by individual supervision during clinical routine. A written manual, a pocket card, and further materials for personal training supplemented the training. A post-training questionnaire measured several parameters regarding the training, e.g., subjective skill-acquisition or media use.
RESULTS: 32 medical and nursing staff participated in this study, 14 of whom completed the questionnaire. All training modalities offered were well received. A pre-post comparison of subjective sonographic competence shows a significant increase in both medical and nursing staff.The other items surveyed also indicate the success of the intervention undertaken.
CONCLUSION: The use of different media as a blended learning approach can support the implementation of new measures in the ongoing working routine within an interprofessional team.