Your Space for Anaesthetics Learning
• Have you ever struggled optimising your approach to peripheral or central access?
• Are you frustrated that your cardiac views aren’t telling you what you need to know?
• Do work pressures mean you haven’t had the time to develop a systematic scanning or procedural technique?
• Would having an expert on your shoulder provide reassurance that you’re on the right track in your anaesthetics journey?
Then you’ve come to the right place.
Our range of practical ultrasound courses designed for anaesthetists will make all the difference.
Led by Australia’s best ultrasound educators, we’ll help you work smarter and faster with point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).
Discover new and clever ways to get the most out of ultrasound; develop a structured step-by-step approach to imaging; increase diagnostic confidence and decrease procedural complications; become more confident in your anaesthetics procedures.
Find a course, set a date and register now!
Essential Ultrasound for Anaesthetics
Learn how to use ultrasound to safely guide nerve blocks for common orthopaedic surgical procedures. Evaluate the cardiac anatomy prior to emergency surgery.
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Needle guidance techniques
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound
Move beyond the basics and build your confidence to perform and interpret cardiac ultrasound. Master your spatial reasoning skills to get the best image possible for diagnosis.
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Integration in arrest
Zedu courses are recognised by:
The following ultrasound system manufacturers proudly support our courses
Why is learning ultrasound so important for anaesthetists?
It is our strong belief – regardless of curriculum requirements – that every anaesthetist must understand ultrasound. Whether you’re placing a peripheral or central line, performing a pre-surgical cardiac assessment, initiating a nerve block or assessing an airway, ultrasound is invaluable. Regardless of its utility in your context, knowing what ultrasound can do, and how it can be applied is like a good shot of espresso coffee – once you get a taste you’ll want more. And more…
And once you get started it’s a no brainer that ultrasound skills will help you be a better health practitioner. In fact, ultrasound is recognised around the world as one of the most important skills you can develop to improve outcomes, save time and money (for you and your patient).
Unfortunately, most anaesthetists have been exposed to very little training. And where they have it has been in a very unorganised and scattered approach. More often than not training has been provided by energetic enthusiasts in the workplace who can demonstrate the potential for ultrasound, but – while passionate – haven’t invested in their ability to teach the art and science behind it. Plus the compromises that we all know come from training at work means a less than ideal learning environment. This results in little take away skills, no pathway to develop skills and ultimately disappointment.
But you can do something about this. In order for you to avoid the stressful ups and downs of learning ultrasound, having a strong foundation on which to build your skills and a clear plan in place to support your development is fundamental. That’s where we can help.
Every ultrasound user must establish the skills fundamental to acquiring an image – from turning a system on and optimising the system setup, to patient positioning and ergonomics. We’ll give you the foundations for independent practice.
To get the most out of your efforts and before picking up a probe it’s important to identify your objective – do you have a purpose for scanning? Scanning for scanning’s sake isn’t optimal. When learning you need to engage in deliberate practice to develop your ultrasound skills. When applied clinically, you need to have the ability to define your needs, identify limitations and make decisions. We’ll help you focus on where you’re going and what you want to achieve.
Attending a course is one thing – making the time to develop your ultrasound skills and abilities is another. Learning ultrasound is a lifelong commitment – trust us, we know. Commit to invest your time before you start. Take time to remove practice barriers. Focus your time. Track your progress. Spend time developing skills out of the clinic. We’ll work with you to identify a pathway for skills development in your context.
When you get back to the workplace, what’s next? Early enthusiasm to use ultrasound can soon fade to frustration when you return to the workplace, where the reality of clinical demands and often lack of ultrasound users can undermine your confidence. We can help by providing ongoing support, training and credentialing – as well as ongoing information through our free coaching corner and social media posts. We’re there for you.
How do our ultrasound courses work for anaesthetics?
Zedu’s accredited ultrasound training courses follow a proven step-by-step program to guide anaesthetists through the myriad of learning strategies and ultrasound applications to find what‘s most effective to build a skillset that works in your clinical context.
Each course follows a systematised approach to help you understand principles, develop skills and implement strategies that have worked for thousands of physicians in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
It starts with registration, where you’re provided access to a range of online resources and activities to prepare you before you arrive. Don’t worry – this is not onerous, with videos and resources focused on the topics of that course.
Once you get here you’ll be working with a team of qualified sonographer educators trained in the specifics of point-of-care applications, you get the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with experts. Whatever your level of experience we adapt to your needs, accelerating your personal learning curve. The ultimate goal is to give you the skills, abilities and knowledge to successfully and independently use ultrasound – regardless of the location or technology.
From lung and heart, needle guidance and anatomical assessment – we have you covered.
But once the course is over it doesn’t stop there.
As big supporters of FOAMED (Free Online Access Medical EDucation) you can register and participate in free monthly coaching corner provides you with the opportunity to ask questions, hear from ultrasound experts from around the world and keep your skills up to date. Check in with our blog and socials to keep up to date with the latest in ultrasound news.
And if you want more, explore our full range of courses and one-on-one coaching options to help you achieve your goals.
Our programs are built on Zedu’s seven key values that have been developed to support you:
Focusing on clinical practice to deliver immediate benefit to clinicians and patients
Learning should always be fun, engaging and entertaining
Providing real patients, small groups and skilled educators for best practice education
Create a ripple effect – making a difference for clinicians so they can make a difference for their patients
Creative teaching methods to inspire better results
Making friends and breaking silos is what we’re about; the future of medicine lies in collaboration
SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
No question’s too big, too small, or too silly – no judgements here
Who are Zedu Ultrasound courses for?
Our courses are not for everyone. Our programs are for emergency and critical care physicians who…
Are regularly called to diagnose or perform procedures where ultrasound could speed the process
Are open to doing things differently to achieve better results
Believe that ultrasound can promote better patient outcomes
Have seen ultrasound in practice and want to know more
Wonder how ultrasound could be useful in their clinical context
Are keen to learn how to use state of the art technology
It doesn‘t matter whether you’ve been scanning for years or have never picked a probe up before, if it’s a yes to any of the above criteria and you’re ready to take your diagnostic and procedural skills to the next level, then you’re welcome to join us. Our Anaesthetics Courses will provide you with the most up-to-date information by professional trainers.
We encourage you to refresh your training with us by taking up the opportunity to return within 12 months and do a complimentary redo of the course you have attended at no additional cost (subject to availability).
Yes – that’s right – two courses for the price of one. Come back within 12 months for free.
From one to twelve, and everything in between. As a rule we exceed the minimum requirements, ensuring that there is an industry leading ratio of 1 sonographer educator or physician to every 4 course participants. This is important as it ensures that you get more hands-on time all the time.
The better question to ask is what machines don’t you have! Most of the major players in the ultrasound world support us with their latest systems, making sure you get access to the best and newest technology available. We have so many systems here – from high end carts to handhelds – that in most cases there is a one-to-one ratio.
Zedu courses are designed for your specialty. With quality education always at our front of mind, you’ll be learning with a group of your peers from start to finish. This ensures you are getting a no compromise sequential and structured education experience, all the while having the security and safety of learning with your peers. Your learning experience is not compromised by people joining at different stages and at different levels – you’ll be on board with the same team from beginning to end.
Would you only go to part of a movie? Our courses are designed to be attended as a whole, structured in a sequential way to make sure you develop and extend your ultrasound repertoire. Besides – if gaining your credentials is an important part of your motivation to come along, the bodies that accredit our courses wouldn’t look too kindly on you skipping class.
Absolutely not. Our courses are designed for anaesthetists at any stage of their career, with any level of ultrasound experience. Our experienced sonographer educators will adapt their teaching to meet you at your level – no stress.
In short – it depends.
If you’re attending to meet the requirements of your own local health authority – and attending a course is all that’s required – then the answer may be yes.
If you’re attending to meet the requirements of your own local health authority and they require validation of your skills via an external/third party credentialing provider – such as the POCUS Certification Academy or ASUM – then no.
If it’s all too confusing and causing you a headache we can help you navigate the credentialing quagmire – please get in touch.
Yes indeed. Make sure you bring your chargers and accessories too.
The courses are run at the Zedu Learning HQ:
When you register you’ll get information on our location and transport options delivered to your email inbox too.
That’s precisely what we do. Our courses are designed for you to get your hands on a probe so you can take home practical skills. All courses have a ratio of at least 2/3 practical, 1/3 didactic – you won’t be disappointed.
Yes there is – but it’s not too onerous. We recommend you at least revise your physics by watching the short videos before you arrive – the other material you can review as you go, or afterwards.
Use the login details you created at registration.
The vast majority of Zedu ultrasound courses carry accreditation or are recognised by one or more bodies, including:
- The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ASUM)
- The Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
- The Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
- The Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM)
- The College of Intensive Care medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)
- The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
- The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
- The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)
No – we are famous for our catering – rest assured you will be well fed and watered.
How to: Needle Guidance with Ultrasound
Needle guidance with ultrasound – a core skill whose difficulty is often underrated. Get your preparation, set up and alignment right and you’ll hit your target every time.
In this edition of the POCUS #coachingcorner:
- Suean focuses on what are some of the problems you may encounter with needle guidance and why – whether it’s vascular access or a more advanced procedural application.
- Q&A discusses the problems practitioners have, and the pros and cons of the different types of ultrasound phantoms. Check out our free Phantom Compendium.
Hadzic’s Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Anatomy for Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia
The complete, authoritative, and practical guide to nerve blocks — with a comprehensive atlas of ultrasound anatomy. Hadzic’s Peripheral Nerve Blocks takes you step-by-step through traditional and ultrasound-guided nerve block techniques for Anaesthetics.
Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia
by Grant (Editor), Auyong (Editor), Paperback – 26 March 2016
Ultrasound technology is enabling anesthesiologists to perform regional anesthetic procedures with greater confidence in accuracy and precision. With improvements in visualizing neural anatomy and needle movement, ultrasound guidance improves patient safety and operating room efficiency. This book offers a detailed, stepwise approach to this technique, identifying pearls and pitfalls to ensure success.
Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia: Interactive Guide 4 Beginners [iBook]
What started out as an update to a rotation manual for anesthesiology residents has evolved into Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia: Interactive Manual for Beginners. This book covers basics of ultrasonography, knobology, sonoanatomy and techniques for the most commonly performed ultrasound-guided single-injection nerve blocks of the upper and lower extremities, as well as paravertebral and transversus abdominis plane (TAP) blocks. It is a practical and visually engaging introductory book that helps maximize learning through interaction with rich media. Embedded throughout the book are visual aids that include enhanced videos, interactive galleries, detailed review of sonoanatomy, as well as self-assessment quizzes that provide immediate feedback.
Manual of Regional Anesthesia [mulit-part pdf]
Regional anesthesia refers to a group of techniques performed either at the neuraxial or peripheral nerve levels that render part of the body insensate to pain. They accomplish this by selectively interrupting nerve transmission without the need to alter the patient’s level of consciousness. In this manual I discuss regional anesthesia related issues as well as nerve block techniques commonly used in the United States with special emphasis on the techniques we perform at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.