Ultrasound Guided Procedures

Subject MEDI90054 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Off campus (online)

Course materials will be distributed via mail to students.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Off-campus (online) delivery
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Prof Colin Royse


Postal Address:
Cardiovascular Therapeutics Unit
Department of Pharmacology
University of Melbourne
Parkville VICTORIA 3010
Telephone: +61 3 8344 5673
Fax: +61 3 8344 5193
Email Address: echo-info@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject will outline the technique of using ultrasound to guide percutaneous procedures. Procedures will include vessel access, nerve blocks, and trauma related procedures. There will be an elective of either "Nerve Blocks" or "Critical Care Procedures".

Topics include:

  1. Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access
  2. Nerve Blocks-Upper Limb
  3. Nerve Locks-Lower Limb
  4. Nerve Blocks-Peripheral Nerves
  5. Nerve Blocks-Abdominal and Thoracic
  6. Focused Abdominal Scan in Trauma
  7. Additional Ultrasound in Trauma
  8. Assessment of Flow and Stenosis in Vessels
  9. Critical Care Procedures

The completion of the subject, students should:

  1. Understand the approaches and techniques of ultrasound guided percutaneous procedures.
  2. Understand ultrasound guided Vascular access
  3. Understand ultrasound guided procedures used in trauma

Elective 1

a) Understand ultrasound guided upper limb nerve blocks

b) Understand ultrasound guided lower limb nerve blocks

c) Understand ultrasound guided abdominal and thoracic nerve blocks

d) Understand ultrasound guided deep cervical plexus and peripheral nerve blocks

Elective 2

a) Basic assessment of cerebral blood flow

b) Basic DVT assessment

c) Additional procedures in Trauma

d) Ultrasound guided airway management


1. 80% of assessment: one open- book multiple-choice examination consisting of 50 questions. Students will have 1 week to complete the examination during the assessment period at the end of the semester.

2. 20% of assessment: completion of self assessment modules at the end of each tutorial, progressively through the semester. These are completed in the workbooks issued to students and it is a requirement that these workbooks are signed and returned for assessment.

Prescribed Texts:

Royse C, Donnan G, Royse A. Pocket Guide to Perioperative and Critical Care Echocardiography. 2006; McGraw-Hills

Recommended Texts:

Other materials will be provided as a package of readings, PowerPoint presentations and case studies.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Enhance time utilisation
  • Improve written skills and problem solving skill

All students are expected to have access to a computer that can operate a Windows platform or simulation.

Links to further information: http://www.heartweb.com.au/www/559/1001127/home--default.asp
Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Ultrasound
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound

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