- Theoretical considerations relevant to musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions
- Clinical governance and quality assurance issues
- Practical scanning and injection protocol teaching and supervised practice
- Evidence based application of ultrasound guided intervention to musculoskeletal presentations
The module material will include theoretical considerations of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal interventions and discussions regarding their role in clinical practice. Professional issues will be discussed including the impact of these interventions on patient focused care and potential future developments. The practical elements will be taught with the assistance of phantoms to simulate clinical practice with time for supervised practice.
This module's delivery reflects the practical but varied nature of musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventions. A significant proportion of the learning will take place in your work place so the clinical application of ultrasound guided injections can be explored. Learning in the work place ensures the reality of clinical scenarios and professional responsibilities are considered alongside technical issues.
Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:
- Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections - what is their role?
- Technical considerations: Knobology, image optimisation and needle visualisation
- Scope of practice and competency to carry out ultrasound (US) guided injections. Medico-legal and Health & Safety issues.
You will need to practice your scanning techniques independently and will need support in the work place to complete the module assessment.
There is no formal placement requirement but you will need to complete musculoskeletal interventions in the work place as part of your assessment. Whilst this is not formally supervised, all clinical interventions should initially be performed under supervision. Work place supervisors do not need to complete any documentation as the module's assessment process provides evidence of the intervention and learning process.
The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the universities intranet learning platform, Moodle.
There are no timetabled tutorials, you are encouraged to email the module leader for learning support if required.
There will be an emphasis in practical skill teaching, sessions will include principles of ultrasound guided injections so you are introduced to the skill of needle visualisation before moving onto regionally specific and pathology specific training.
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A case study discussing the theoretical and professional issues that underpin the application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections (limit 2000 words - 50% weighting).
Log-book that presents 5 ultrasound guided injections in the work place. This is a standard reporting form to document the details of the intervention, patient’s signs and symptoms, anatomical area, US scanning features indicative of pathology, injection medication dose and needle placement. A brief reflection on the procedure including challenges and unexpected considerations will be expected. Each intervention must be accompanied by annotated images of the area scanned and an additional image demonstrating needle placement (50% weighting).