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Our second POCUS training programme in Ghana

July saw us head back to Ghana to deliver our second Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) training programme sponsored by Bayer and hosted by the University of Allied Health and Sciences in Ho.

Point of care is a phrase used often for equipment positioned near the patient rather than in a separate part of the hospital. For many clinical settings in lower-income countries, radiology departments and complex imaging equipment are scarce. With Point Of Care Ultrasound it means that a portable ultrasound is available to help make diagnoses and treatment decisions when no other imaging tests are available.

After a successful pilot of the POCUS programme in 2021, more participants arrived in Ho to start the first part of their hands-on training. We were joined by healthcare professionals from Ghana and our first international participant from The Gambia.

The POCUS training programme consists of pre-course learning materials delivered online through the University of Salford e-learning platform before the hands-on in-person training. There are two parts of the in-person training, the first of which was delivered successfully in July and the second will take place in October. Participants will also be regularly supported remotely with clinical case reviews between July and December.

The packed training programme delivers quality assured and comprehensive training in topics such as emergency scanning in patients involved in accidents, in lung ultrasound (including for COVID and Tuberculosis), kidney ultrasound, abdominal vessels, and ultrasound-guided insertion of cannulas.

We were also particularly excited to be joined by some familiar faces from our 2021 POCUS cohort, who will have furthered their training and skills to become certified instructors. There is a severe shortage of radiologists in Ghana and having our previous trainees return to become instructors is a demonstration of the impact of our quality assured POCUS programme.

Dr Mbroh, one of our newly trained instructors, said about his training experience, “I am excited to be a POCUS trainer for Worldwide Radiology so I can learn more and also teach other doctors, so we can do more for our patients than we are currently doing.”

We are delighted to receive such great feedback about our POCUS training programme and look forward to facilitating many more to come!

Find out more about this course or donate to help us train more medical professionals in resource-limited settings.

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