RCCbc established the Rural Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Strategy group to incorporate the learnings, relationships and progress made throughout the Intelligent Network for POCUS (IN POCUS) project, as well as other RCCbc and network POCUS initiatives.
rural providers have taken part in Rural POCUS Rounds
Why we’re passionate about PoCUS
With the goal to support and inform the creation of rural, province-wide access to POCUS for everyone practising and living in a rural, remote or Indigenous community across British Columbia; we aim to increase access to care, betterment of provider and patient relationships, and the overall health of individuals.
The IN PoCUS project included multiple stakeholders, including RCCbc who provided funding and support for more than 50 rural physicians to receive POCUS probes. The project was completed in 2021–22 and the qualitative study on the project has been accepted for publication in the British Medical Journal Open. This study conducted in-depth virtual interviews with 21 general practitioners across rural British Columbia on participants’ motivation to participate in the RCCbc program, the type of training they received, their current use of POCUS, their experience with the technology, and their experience interacting with specialists in regional centres.
The Rural POCUS Strategy team created a survey to better understand the current state of use of POCUS in rural British Columbia with the hope of understanding the attitudes about and barriers to using POCUS. The answers provided by hundreds of rural physicians will inform the development and improvement of medical education and practice supports for rural clinicians in the province using POCUS. The survey was also conducted for research purposes and the responses are currently being collated and populated to tell the story of rural POCUS and inform changes.
Benefits of PoCUS
The benefits of POCUS-trained rural providers include:
- Care closer to home
- Faster diagnoses
- Better relationships with providers
- Provider satisfaction
- Cost savings to patients on travel
- Provider education
RCCbc also partners on other POCUS initiatives including:
Dates & Topics
Feb. 10 | Emergencies in the First Trimester with Dr. Virginia Robinson
March 3 | Emergencies in the Third Trimester with Dr. Shireen Mansouri
March 31 | Postpartum Emergencies with Dr. Virginia Robinson
April 28 | Therapeutic Abortion Management with Dr. Tracy Morton
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits/session
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Handheld ultrasound devices delivering faster, more accurate diagnoses
Point-of-care ultrasound supercluster project equips 50 rural physicians with handheld ultrasound devices & training. In exchange, the images provides quality assurance and a provinicial reference of the development of an artificial intelligence database.
Survey gives clearer picture of PoCUS use
Launched in the fall of 2021, the survey was designed to determine how this practice-changing, innovative technology is being used throughout the province. Surveys were sent to over 1,000 rural clinicians, who answered questions about POCUS education, how it is being used and how often, and what supports might be required to improve comfort and safety.
Sessions on PoCUS aim to create community of learners
Rural healthcare providers are benefiting from some Point of Care Ultrasound guidance at drop-in sessions led by Dr. Virginia Robinson. The virtual sessions are run through Real-Time Virtual Support Zoom rooms and is an opportunity for anyone to join and learn about what an impactful diagnostic aide ultrasound can be in a rural setting.