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Clinical Skills and Procedure Workshop

During the two-day intense skills workshop each participant will learn hands on skills needed to work in an Emergency Department/Urgent Care. You will work in small groups with Emergency Medicine physicians and advanced practitioners.

Learn the correct way to anesthetize the wound and place sutures using a various techniques. We will practice simple interrupted, continuous, vertical and horizontal mattress suturing. We will go over the type of suture material needed for different parts of the body and how long to keep them in place.

We will go over a one needle stick approach to anesthetizing the abscess and properly opening and draining an abscess pocket.  We will review common pitfalls when approaching an incision and drainage.
You will learn the indications for knee aspiration and the technique for the best approach. You will practice on a life-like model, reviewing landmarks and obtaining synovial fluid.
We will review volar, ulnar gutter, posterior short leg, ankle stirrup and coaptation splints. You will practice on each other applying the splint material.
You will learn on a model how to insert a central line catheter using ultrasound guidance. This session will give you the foundation needed in which you can continue to grow your skills at your local ED.
Using a life-like model, you will be able to practice inserting a spinal needle and be able to feel the “pop” entering inside the spinal canal and even have some “CSF” come out of your needle. We will go over sterile technique and level to perform the lumbar puncture.
Using a real slit lamp we will go over the indications of a slit lamp and how to use it. At first it may look confusing but after wards you will feel much more comfortable using it. We will also show you how to use a tonopen and test eye pressures on each other.
We will be practicing direct and video-assisted laryngoscopy intubation on an airway mannequin. In addition, we will review basic airway management techniques and supraglottic airway devices.
If you have difficulty sometimes finding the correct vein for IV placement, this skill session will help you understand how to use ultrasound to correctly fine the vein that will give you the best periph
eral access.
During this session we will be going over ultrasound techniques to look for the Gallbladder, Aorta and DVT studies. This will give you a good overview of ultrasound medicine. You will still need to build on what you learn during this session. Each participant will be able to practice on a live patient.
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