Monday, January 19, 2009
Well we're back. We had an unforgettable experience and certainly want to thank the Diefenthal's KCMC, the ACR, and the University of Washington for their support. We will hopefully be giving a presentation of our travels here at UW as well as at the ACR meeting this Spring. Please feel free to contact us if there are any particular questions or comments. Thanks for tuning in.
This past week Matt and I demonstrated some basic percutaneous procedures using the materials generously donated from the University of Washington and its associated vendors. Using a bovine liver, a few drainage bags, and a Sonosite ultrasound we showed groups from the radiology and surgery departments how to place a drain, perform a core biopsy, and obtain central venous access. A few of the attendings and upper level trainees took turns practicing with the needles and catheters. The performance was well received and it is our hope that this introduction might lend confidence to both referring clinicians and the radiologists in development of an interventional practice at KCMC.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
In addition to observing the daily practice here at KCMC, Matt and I are trying to provide some instruction for basic percutaneous techniques for simple procedures such as abscess/fluid drainage and central venous catheter access. Thanks to the generous donations from the University of Washington and its associated vendors we have a supply of needles, wires, dilators, and catheters needed to carry out many of these procedures. We are currently working on a model to better demonstrate ultrasound guidance and the steps involved with placing a device into a patient. We have both given lectures on some of the basics of interventional practice and though there were many questions the topics seemed well received.
Dan and I brought basic interventional devices to donate to the department. We hope that given the local ultrasound expertise, they will also be able to do basic ultrasound guided procedures in the future such as abscess drainage. Here we are organizing the equipment for them. We hope to create a model to allow them to practice.