Case Report: Point of care ultrasound of a broken heart

by Winnie Chan, MD, FRCPC and Joseph Newbigging, CCFP(EM), FCFP

Mrs. K, a 70 year old lady, presented to the urgent care with severe retrosternal chest pain that started at rest. She described the pain as a constant heaviness and rated it as 9/10 in severity. The pain did not radiate to the neck, arms, or back. The pain had started one hour after she was informed that her son had passed away unexpectedly.

Case Report: A wolf in another wolf’s clothing: point-of-care ultrasound in a patient with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

by Jordan K. Leitch MD and Nicole A. Rocca MD FRCPC

Patients often present to hospital, and to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in particular, in situations that render them unable to provide an accurate (or any) clinical history to facilitate diagnosis. These patients also typically have multiple, serious medical co-morbidities, which further makes diagnosing and initiating an appropriate treatment difficult. Furthermore, the investigations performed to optimally diagnose acute critical medical conditions are often only possible in remote locations in the hospital or only available during regular daytime work hours, both of which are a concern with critically ill patients.

Research: Does the Addition of Ultrasound Enhance Cardiac Anatomy Learning in Undergraduate Medical Education?

by Joshua Durbin, MD; Amer M. Johri, MD; Anthony Sanfilippo, MD

With the advent of portable hand-held ultrasound units, the use of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has become increasingly popular amongst a wide array of medical specialists for both diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Canada-wide surveys demonstrate a desire for increased utilization of POCUS in primary medical education. In this study, we aim to assess the efficacy of an ultrasound based anatomy tutorial and the perspectives of a cohort of first year medical students at Queen’s University.