Teaching Ultrasound to Multiple Specialties Quickly, Safely, and Effectively
Ultrasound is expanding outside of radiology and is now commonly used to evaluate emergency medical conditions in a variety of point-of-care settings, leading to an increase in healthcare professionals’ educational needs. BodyWorks Eve, from Intelligent Ultrasound, is designed to use medical simulation to teach point-of-care ultrasound to multiple specialties. The BodyWorks Eve simulator comes complete with 100 real patient scans and over 10,000 pathology variations across cardiac, lung, transabdominal, and pelvic ultrasound. This HealthySimulation.com article shares more about the BodyWorks Eve ultra-realistic female patient simulator and its utility to teach ultrasound to multiple specialties quickly, safely, and effectively.
With Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS), now an important medical evaluation tool across a variety of specialties, medical education programs are turning to simulation to provide safe, realistic training tools to teach the next generation of medical professionals. BodyWorks Eve provides access to real patient-based training where trainees can work through cases independently and at their own pace. Producing flexible teaching, the Instructor Tablet enables the tutor to run realistic scenario training “on the fly” and easily change the patient’s condition and level of severity to test assessment and decision-making skills, modifying thousands of scenarios at a moment’s notice.
The VA Medical Center Simulation Laboratory (NY Harbor), invested in BodyWorks Eve to develop and support its educational programs in Point-of-Care ultrasound. Dr. Brian Kaufman, Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery and Director of the Simulation Laboratory discussed the growing demands for PoCUS training and explained why simulation has an important role in delivering quality educational outcomes.
“Ultrasound is growing exponentially. Increasing numbers of clinicians from multiple clinical disciplines are now wanting training in ultrasound, and more recently, acute care nurse practitioners and acute care physician assistants have been requesting training in PoCUS,” he said. “It is therefore becoming increasingly important that we create high-quality training programs that will meet their specific needs as they seek to deliver the best possible care for their patients. We are confident that integrating BodyWorks Eve into our programs will enable us to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for our learners.”
First launched in 2018, BodyWorks Eve already has over 350 installations across the world. As part of the continued commitment to educational development, Intelligent Ultrasound this year released BodyWorks 4.0. The most comprehensive Eve simulator yet, BodyWorks 4.0 provides increased scanning capabilities, higher definition, and even more learning opportunities to ensure Eve remains the simulator of choice for PoCUS.
Teach cardiology and echocardiography your way with HeartWorks, featuring 30 interactive cardiac pathology cases accompanied by an anatomically accurate, fully interactive 3D heart and a comprehensive anatomy textbook. HeartWorks offers a range of packages for Transthoracic (TTE), Transesophageal (TEE), and 3D echocardiography, and can be expanded to include online eLearning and an on-system testing module, providing a fully comprehensive and customizable cardiac learning pathway.
Health Education England (HEE) invested in twenty-three combined HeartWorks–BodyWorks systems to standardize training in ultrasound and echocardiography for healthcare scientists across NHS England. “I tried looking at everything else that was on the market, but nothing provided the same quality and interaction that the [BodyWorks] Eve simulator did.” Jane Lynch, Scientist Training Programme Director. Find out more about HeartWorks.
IU Academy from Intelligent Ultrasound
Designed to complement the Intelligent Ultrasound simulators, IU Academy eLearn courses support a comprehensive learning pathway, teaching basic ultrasound physics and demonstrating probe techniques to kick-start learning and direct practical skill development.
These courses are created with experts in their field to provide high-quality distance learning to support continuous education and improvement within ultrasound and healthcare. In addition to purchasing individual courses online, IU Academy courses are available in a range of packages to support organizations teaching ultrasound. There are currently multiple courses available including:
Ultrasound Basic Principles: Designed to complement the BodyWorks Eve simulator, this course is comprised of 4 sections intended to develop probe manipulation, show how probe movements relate to the ultrasound image, and explain basic ultrasound image interpretation.
Introduction to Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) and Introduction to Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE): These courses have been developed for all healthcare professionals starting their journey in clinical echocardiography. Created by experts in cardiac anesthesiology, each course comprises 11 modules with multiple lessons and richly illustrated with videos and still images using HeartWorks technology and clinical echo images.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) for the Healthcare Professional: This course was developed by John Shields, DNP, CRNA, to meet the educational needs of clinicians using PoCUS in a variety of settings including the operating room, emergency room and intensive care unit. The course has eight modules covering a variety of ultrasound applications.
Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) for the Sonographer: This course was created with the sonographer in mind and has 14 modules that take the student through critical subject areas that every cardiac sonographer should know, from students who are learning echocardiography for the first time, to those who want to refresh their echo skills and knowledge of cardiac pathology.
More About Intelligent Ultrasound
Intelligent Ultrasound’s vision is to make clinical diagnostic ultrasound easier to learn and simpler to use. The company provides clinicians with real-time support from the classroom to the clinic with world-class high-fidelity simulators to train clinicians in the classroom, and state-of-the-art AI image analysis software to support and guide them in the clinic.
This classroom-to-clinic approach reflects the company’s belief that by supporting, guiding, and speeding up ultrasound scanning, they can make ultrasound more accessible to all medical professionals. Intelligent Ultrasound prides itself on its innovative approach to technology and works closely with the company’s clinical advisory group, to ensure they’re at the forefront of technological advances.
Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE-A, FSSH, FAAN – Dr. Gore has experience in educating future nurses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Gore has a PhD in Adult Education, a DNP as a family nurse practitioner, and a certificate in Simulation Education. Dr. Gore is an innovative, compassionate educator and an expert in the field of healthcare simulation. In 2007l Teresa started her journey in healthcare simulation. She is involved in INACSL and SSH. She is a Past-President of INACSL and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-A). In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). In 2021, she was inducted as a Fellow in the Society of Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH) and selected as a Visionary Leader University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni. During her career, Dr. Gore has led in the development and integration of simulation into all undergraduate clinical courses and started an OSCE program for APRN students. Her research interests and scholarly work focus on simulation, online course development and faculty development. She has numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally on simulation topics.