Defining a Theory-Driven Ultrasound Curriculum for Prehospital Providers

Air Med J. Jul-Aug 2019;38(4):285-288. doi: 10.1016/j.amj.2019.03.018. Epub 2019 Apr 22.


Advances in point-of-care ultrasound technology have allowed for the extension of emergency medicine ultrasound beyond the walls of the emergency department. Emergency medical system providers may benefit from the use of ultrasound. It has previously been shown that with a brief introductory course, novices can obtain and correctly interpret focused ultrasound examinations. The purpose of this study was to design a theory-driven point-of-care ultrasound curriculum to assess and develop ultrasound skill in prehospital providers. The resultant curriculum outlined in this paper encompasses a large array of skills that may be useful for different prehospital services to use to develop curriculum for their own needs.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Consensus
  • Curriculum*
  • Delphi Technique
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Emergency Medical Technicians / education
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Ultrasonography*