Online Courses

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Gastric Assessment

Price: $25.00
Nursing CE: 1.50   Imaging CE: 1.75
This course is accessible until 7/31/2025

Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) gastric assessment is the gold standard for determining fasting status to determine gastric volume versus subjective NPO measures. Proficiency in POCUS gastric assessment enables the healthcare provider to perform a POCUS gastric assessment at the bedside where current anesthesia NPO protocols may not accurately define the risk of aspiration.

The modules in this course will provide the foundation for healthcare providers on how to perform a POCUS gastric assessment when assessing preoperative aspiration risks. This course will also highlight the high-risk populations and circumstances that typically underestimate current NPO guidelines. In addition, review of the benefits of an absolute answer through the utilization of a POCUS gastric assessment and how to apply specific bedside diagnoses to critical populations resulting in improved anesthesia plans and decreased patient aspiration. Adding POCUS gastric assessment to the anesthesia protocol will improve the safe patient environment and optimize patient outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the benefits of POCUS gastric assessment within the preoperative period. 
  2. Describe the sequential process of performing a POCUS gastric assessment. 
  3. Interpret results of a POCUS gastric assessment and apply findings to a patient scenario. 
  4. Integrate acquired knowledge to discuss the evaluation of a specialty population that will benefit from POCUS gastric assessment. 

Qualified Planners/Faculty

Stephanie Kay Cox, BSN, RN, SRNA

Stephanie Kay Cox is a graduate student in the Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Program at AdventHealth University. Stephanie began her medical career as a cashier in the hospital cafeteria at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville Florida. There she learned the joy of working with patients and medical professionals alike. Soon she was able to complete her BSN in nursing at University of Central Florida and become a registered nurse. Stephanie continued her career working in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Advent Health for 2 years and in the Advanced Cardiac Surgical Unit for an additional year. Stephanie has always displayed a passion for knowledge and education. During her BSN Nursing degree, she competed her honors thesis in Pre-Licensure Nursing Student Attitudes Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide. Additionally, she worked for a year as a preceptor and mentor during her nursing career. Currently, Stephanie is working on personally advancing her own education. She was able to successfully apply and enter the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program at Advent Health where she now continues her studies hoping to increase her knowledge and understand of the medical profession.

Disclosures

*There are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved with the ability to control the content of this activity.

Whitney Hintze, BSN, RN, SRNA

Whitney Noelle Hintze is a graduate student in the Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Program at AdventHealth University. Whitney received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Florida. After a few years, Whitney realized her passion of working with people, and went back to school to become a nurse. She attended Seminole State College for her ANL, while concurrently attending the University of Central Florida to acquire her BSN. Whitney started her nursing career at Advent Health, working on the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and worked there for over two years. Whitney is excited to continue to enhance her knowledge and education.

Disclosures

*There are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved with the ability to control the content of this activity.

Christina Monti, BSN, RN, SRNA

Christina Monti is presently a graduate student completing her Doctoral degree at AdventHealth University within the Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Program. Christina’s love for nursing originated from a young age, leading her to enroll at the University of Central Florida for her BSN in nursing. After graduating with her BSN in 2018 and retrieving her RN license, she was hired to begin her career at the Cardiovascular ICU at AdventHealth Orlando, where she worked for three years. During her time there, she also worked within the Advanced Cardiac Surgical Unit. Various roles during her time on the unit included Advanced Preceptor for the department and Second Charge RN. She also took on becoming a preceptor for oncoming new hires. As her passion for nursing grew, so did her desire to continue her education to serve patients better. She went through a vigorous application process and was accepted into her current position as a student in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program at AdventHealth.

Disclosures

*There are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved with the ability to control the content of this activity.

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Completion Requirements: To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this on-line activity, the participant must:

  • View all modules
  • Participate and pass all learning checks
  • Pass the Post Test(s) with a minimum score of 80%
  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation

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