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SP0014 The Challenges of Undertaking Ultrasound - Framework for Practice. A European Perspective on Commpetencies for HPS
  1. P. Cornell1,2
  1. 1Rheumatology, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Poole
  2. 2Abbvie, Rheumatology, Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Abstract

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is probably considered one of the most important developments in rheumatology clinical practice in recent years. It offers the potential for health professionals to improve their diagnostic skills, manage clinical decisions regarding drug therapy and increase the standard of patient care. It is most often employed by Rheumatologists or sonographers but increasingly nurses, physiotherapists and podiatrists are starting to use ultrasound to monitor disease progression, check diagnosis and guide intra-articular injections. But what competencies do health professionals need to show before they are deemed proficient in ultrasonography?

This session aims to provide an overview of the competencies employed within the european union that enable health professionals to safely and competently undertake ultrasonography for patients with inflammatory arthritis.

Disclosure of Interest P. Cornell Employee of: Abbvie

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.6321

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