The Philippine College of Emergency Medicine through its Research and Academics Committee collaborated with WINFOCUS Malaysia to hold the 2nd Basic Ultrasound Life Support Course in Manila last October 24-25, 2014 at the St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), Global City.

Twenty-seven physicians in the field of emergency medicine, pediatric critical care and adult critical care participated in this important endeavor. Dr. Reynante Mirano, chair of the committee, believes that bedside emergency ultrasound can contribute dramatically to improve the clinical practice of emergency medicine. Clinical applications of FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma), RUSH (Rapid Ultrasound in Shock) and BLUE (Basic Lung Ultrsound in Emergency) among others will eventually impact on better patient outcomes.

The College is set to approve guidelines for incorporating bedside ultasound in its residency training. Dr. Romulo Babasa, training officer of the Department of Emergency Medicine at SLMC, said that the potential benefits of ultrasound in improving rapid diagnosis and improved referrals in emergency departments of secondary and tertiary hospitals is yet to be explored. Then with help of trained physicians and WINFOCUS partners like Dr. Adi Osman, President of WINFOCUS Malaysia and Dr. Mahathar Abd Wahab, the widespread use of ultrasound in the Philippines for early diagnosis and treatment is forthcoming.