Participants were offered a venue to share their personal barriers and challenges, and to elicit the collective experience of the group. Solutions were suggested and explored with equal voice given to all leaders regardless of program maturity or size. The enthusiasm and optimism created by the event was evident in the feedback. Comments reflected the high value of this shared experience at both the individual and group level. As P2Lead concluded, the group decided to develop an organizational structure to support ongoing collaboration and to build a platform for community development. P2 was born.
P2 has evolved into the P2Network to serve as a platform for sharing expertise, building research collaborations and offering mentorship in paediatric point of care ultrasound in the information age of medicine. We are a growing community of physicians committed to spreading the clinical application of point of care ultrasound to paediatric emergency departments around the world. Browse our team profiles in our comprehensive directory, and see where our network fellowship programs are offered.
What is POCUS?
- it is ultrasonography brought to the patient and performed by a health care provider in conjunction with the clinical examination in real time
- it allows goal-directed simplified problem-based assessments (generally qualitative and binomial; rather than quantitative and descriptive)
- it allows findings to be directly correlated with the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms
- it allows real-time dynamic image interpretation (rather than images recorded by a sonographer and interpreted later)
- it allows the provider to maintain expected workflow (time sensitive and repeatable)
- it allows images to be archived for clinical education research and quality assurance purposes.
What is PEM POCUS?
Who uses POCUS?
POCUS is becoming a critical tool in resource limited settings as a result of its high clinical value, low cost and portability. Physicians around the world and across a spectrum of specialties rely on POCUS to deliver care to their patients.
- Critical Care Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- General Surgery
- Sports Medicine
During our 2015 P2Network Conference, we discussed the major challenges that our members have faced in implementing POCUS in their settings. The members filled cue cards listing these challenges. A tally of those cards illustrates the largest common obstacle that we face today.
Top 5 Issues in Implementing POCUS
- Lack of Interest 52%
- QA; Competency; Credentialing 19%
- Training 17%
- Clinical Pathway Integration 8%
- Image Documentation 4%
‘Lack of Interest’ Drilled Down
- Uninterested (Faculty) 33%
- Competing Priorities 22%
- Poor Buy-in (Radiology) 19%
- Poor Buy-in (Administration) 15%
- Uninterested (Fellows) 11%
Become a Leader
Working closely with the P2Network membership of over 150 physicians, our committed leadership team help drive the organization. Contact one of the committee leads to take an active role in building the community and our capacity to train and spread PEM POCUS.