Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Anesthesia Care

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Format: Video

Run time: 27 mins

Course Launch Date: 4/8/21

Course Expires: 4/7/24

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is emerging as a critical and core skill that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) should possess. CRNAs have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities, which supplemented by professional development and life-long learning, provide the ability to use POCUS to guide patient care.  Though POCUS examination is beneficial, some anesthesia professionals may face barriers to use of POCUS, including developing and maintaining competence, establishing curriculum standards for training, and managing unexpected diagnoses.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

Post-Test Attempt Notice
A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • To share knowledge and experience of strategies for training implementation and use of POCUS for CRNAs.
  • To describe policies and resources that support safe application of POCUS.



Experienced independent practice CRNA and ultrasound enthusiast. Skilled in Point of Care Ultrasound, Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia, fluoroscopy guided interventional spine procedures, and general anesthesia. Available for speaking engagements and guest lecturing on PoCUS and USGRA. 

John Shields, DNP, CRNA

Jonathan Kline, MSNA, CRNA

Joseph E. Pellegrini, DNP, PhD, CRNA

Director, University of Maryland School of Nursing Graduate Programs Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Pellegrini is a recognized expert in OB anesthesia with over 30 years of clinical anesthesia exerience.  He has published over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals and written 4 book chapters.   Dr. Pellegrini is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and is currently the program Director at the University of Maryland Baltimore and serves as the chair of the Investigation Review Board for the University of Maryland Medical Center.