This Ultrasound-Guided Paracentesis Procedure Module teaches the principles of performing an ultrasound-guided paracentesis. Explore the use of ultrasound to reliably detect ascitic fluid, assess depth of fluid, and determine fluid distance from the abdominal wall. Review clinical indications for performing ultrasound-guided paracentesis, and learn its procedural steps, including locating the ideal procedure site, guiding the needle to the target, and confirming successful needle placement and resulting ascitic fluid evacuation. Develop the requisite cognitive task awareness and visuospatial skills required to perform ultrasound-guided paracentesis.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, and SonoSim, Inc. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 6 hours of ACEP Category I credit.