Pre-conference Courses

Wednesday 19thSeptember

PICS Multiprofessional Research Day

A day for the multi-disciplinary team in PICU wishing to improve their research planning, project and reporting.

10.00 Welcome Dora Wood, Bristol
10.15 Turning your clinical problem into a research question Dr Lyvonne Tume, (Former vice Chair NHS REC), Bristol
10.50 How to do a systematic Review Bronagh Blackwood, Belfast
11.30 Translating your clinical question into a study proposal Rohit Saxena, Bristol
12.15 Lunch and networking  
1300 Basics of conducting a systematic review Shane Tibby, London
13.40 Getting through R&D and NHS Ethics Lyvonne Tume, Bristol
14.15 Pursuing the Clinical academic pathway: The nurse experience of doctoral fellowship Joseph Manning, Nottingham
14.30 The medical experience of a fellowship Barney Scholefield, Birmingham
14.45 Coffee break  
15.00 New trial designs – Pragmatic, Platform, Adaptive and Basket trials – what are they? Mark Peters, London
15.30 Surgical research – is it different? Massimo Caputo, Bristol
16.00 Optional: Meet the professors and experienced researchers  to discuss your research idea or study Mark Peters, London
Bronagh Blackwood, Belfast
Lyvonne Tume, Bristol
Shane Tibby, London

Registration Fee:

PICS Members Non-members  
Consultant £50.00 £80.00 If registering for the
PICS Annual Meeting
£70 £100 If registering for
the Course only
Trainee/PICS Nurse/Allied Health Professional £30.00 £50.00 If registering for the
PICS Annual Meeting
£50 £70 If registering for
the Course only

Limited to 50 places

Children’s ACute UltraSound (CACTUS) Introduction Course

Bedside ultrasonography of the critically unwell child is an emerging skill. Until now there has been no national coherent programme which gives education and training in this vital tool in the care of very unwell children.

Developed with the team from the Intensive Care Society’s CUSIC course, the CACTUS (Children’s ACute UltraSound) accreditation is a comprehensive training programme with teaching, hands on experience, and mentorship, which will lead to an accepted accreditation in this skill.

Specifically aimed at the paediatric practitioner, this one day introductory course will focus on the child in respiratory failure, the child in shock, and practical ultrasound application. It acts as the (voluntary) entry point in to the CACTUS programme, with children to practice on, and state of the art equipment to trial.

This course is aimed at all practitioners who are keen to develop, or demonstrate their skill in this modality.

This course is being coordinated by Dusan Raffaj, on behalf of the CACTUS committee,

cactusChildren’s ACute UltraSound (CACTUS) Introduction Course
Introduction to the course
08:30 Registration
09:00 Ultrasound in Paediatric Critical Care
09:30 Knobology, Probe Selection & the Machine

The Child in Respiratory Failure

09:50 Lung Ultrasound:
How do you scan the lungs? What does normal lung look like? Is there effusion, pneumothorax, oedema or consolidation?
10:45 Coffee
10:55 Hands on Using the Machine
Hands on Lung Ultrasound

The Child in Shock

12:00 Cardiac Ultrasound:
How do you scan the heart? Does the child need an inotrope, vasopressor or volume? Is there a pericardial effusion/tamponade?
12:40 Break Out Groups
Hands on Cardiac Ultrasound
13:30 Lunch
14:00 Cranial Ultrasound
How & why do you scan the brain? Is there hydrocephalus? Is there a bleed?
14:20 Abdominal Ultrasound
How do you ‘FAST’ scan the abdomen? Is there free fluid?Is the bladder full?
14:40 Hands on Abdominal Ultrasound

Practical Ultrasound Application

15:25 Ultrasound & Vascular Access
Top tips. Thrombosis
15:45 Ultrasound During Cardiac Arrest
16:20 Free Scanning Session for any body system. Vascular Access Phantom Available
17:00 End

Registration Fee:

If registering for the
PICS Annual Meeting
If registering for
the Course only
PICS Members £125.00 £180.00
Non-members £175.00 £230.00

Limited to 30 places

Registration is available here

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