Ultrasound simulation utilization among point of care ultrasound users: Results of a survey

J Clin Ultrasound. 2018 Nov;46(9):571-574. doi: 10.1002/jcu.22610.


Purpose: While ultrasound simulation devices have long been available as adjuncts to ultrasound education, it is unclear how they are used. We conducted a survey to determine the current utilization of emergency point-of-care ultrasound simulation and describe the current trends in the use of ultrasound simulation.

Methods: A survey was sent to 1270 members of the American College of Emergency Physicians Ultrasound Section via email. The survey listed 23 questions that queried how survey participants used ultrasound simulation devices.

Results: One hundred and fifty-one survey responses were collected. The majority of survey respondents (83%) indicated that ultrasound simulation devices are available at their institution, with nearly half (45%) survey participants reporting both high- and low-fidelity ultrasound simulators available, and fewer describing low-fidelity simulators only (33%) or high-fidelity simulators only (5%). Most respondents (84%) with ultrasound simulators use them for training residents, students, fellows, and faculty. Only 20% of survey participants use ultrasound simulators for credentialing purposes.

Conclusions: Ultrasound simulation devices are widespread amongst our survey respondents, who represent a small percentage of the ACEP ultrasound section. Ultrasound simulators are used to help ultrasound learners at various levels of training.

Keywords: point of care ultrasound; ultrasound education; ultrasound simulation.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / statistics & numerical data
  • Ultrasonics / education*
  • Ultrasonography / instrumentation*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*