Point-of-Care Ultrasound Educational Development in Australasia: A Scoping Review

      Point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) technology is evolving rapidly and is being adopted by many health professionals in their clinical practice. Ultrasound is a complex skill requiring dedicated training. Appropriate integration of ultrasound education into medical, surgical, nursing and allied health professions is a current challenge worldwide. There are patient safety implications for use of ultrasound without adequate training and frameworks. The purpose of the review was to overview the status of PoCUS education in Australasia; investigate what is being taught and learned about ultrasound across the health professions; and identify potential gaps. The review was limited to postgraduate and qualified health professionals with established or emerging clinical use for PoCUS. A scoping review methodology was used to include literature in peer-reviewed articles, policies, guidelines, position statements, curricula and online material relating to ultrasound education. One hundred thirty-six documents were included. The literature revealed heterogeneity in ultrasound teaching and learning across the health professions. Several health professions lacked any defined scopes of practice, policies or curricula. Significant investment in resourcing ultrasound education is required to address the current needs in Australia and New Zealand.


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