South Metro Fire Rescue Hosts POCUS Training at RVU

Written by Deidre McGee, Coordinator for Military Medicine and Surgical Simulation

In support of the RVU Community Partnership Program, South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) continues to lead the way in medical education for paramedics. On August 18th, SMFR hosted an Emergency Medical Technician Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) training event at RVU.

Over sixty people participated, including EMT trainees from SMFR, RVU students, paramedics, and standardized patients. Also present were physicians and subject matter experts from Denver Health, HealthOne Sky Ridge, UC Health, Centura Hospitals, and Sonosim, Inc. During this training, students achieved competency in the use and implementation of both the conventional Mindray Ultrasound Scanners and the new state-of-the-art handheld Butterfly Ultrasound Scanners. Point-of-Care Ultrasound is now being used in emergency medicine to evaluate injured victims and trauma patients in the pre-hospital setting.

This proven training puts SMFR ahead of the curve in its ability to treat injured victims at the point of injury prior to arrival at a hospital or emergency room. Simply put, this training saves lives and RVU is proud to play an integral part in this success by providing a safe and professional educational environment. South Metro Fire Rescue has been and will continue to be a valued RVU community partner.

This article was originally featured in RVU’s Vista View Newsletter. To view the full issue, visit

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