Introduction

Point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) is a limited ultrasound (US) examination performed and interpreted by the provider at the bedside to help answer a focused clinical question or guide an invasive procedure. PoCUS in not currently included in training for Respiratory Therapists (RT) but has become the standard of care for many respiratory care management strategies such as difficult arterial line placement and the rapid assessment of respiratory failure. As such, hospitals around Ontario are providing RTs with a medical delegation to incorporate PoCUS into their daily practice.

This survey will examine RTs' current knowledge, training and beliefs on PoCUS, and will be used to build a national RT PoCUS curriculum.

This survey is 13 questions and should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. By clicking the link and completing the survey, you are consenting to participate in this voluntary activity. Thank you in advance for your participation and support.

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* 1. How many years have you worked as a practicing RT?

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* 2. In what province or territory is your primary place of practice (please select one)?

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* 3. My current practice location is a

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* 4. My current designation is

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* 5. In order for RTs to use PoCUS, my hospital requires a medical delegation

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* 6. Please read the following stems and indicate your level of comfort

  Extremely uncomfortable Somewhat uncomfortable Neutral Somewhat comfortable Extremely comfortable
My current comfort in using PoCUS for lung clinical assessment and diagnostic application is
My current comfort in using PoCUS for arterial line insertion is

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* 7. I have previously received the following PoCUS training (please select all that apply)

  No Yes
Informal training in PoCUS guided arterial line insertion
Formal training in PoCUS guided arterial line insertion
Informal training in PoCUS for lung clinical assessment and diagnosis
Formal training in PoCUS for lung clinical assessment and diagnosis

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* 8. Please read the following stems and indicate your level of agreement

  Completely disagree Somewhat disagree Neutral Somewhat agree Strongly agree
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assess for a pneumothorax
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assess for pleural effusions
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assess for lung consolidation (either atelectasis or pneumonia)
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assess for pulmonary edema
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assess for diaphragmatic excursion
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assess for endotracheal tube placement
I am interested in learning how to use PoCUS to assist with arterial line insertions

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* 9. Assuming PoCUS is a skill that you need to master, which of the following modalities would be beneficial (please select all that apply)?

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* 10. How much time would you be willing to dedicate per year to formal PoCUS training?

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* 11. Please read the following stems and indicate your level of agreement

  Completely disagree Somewhat disagree Neutral Somewhat agree Strongly agree
PoCUS will increasingly be used by RTs to assist in assessing lung pathology
PoCUS will increasingly be used by RTs to assist in insertion of arterial lines
My workplace would welcome the use of PoCUS by RTs for guiding clinical management and procedures
I believe PoCUS performed by RTs will improve patient safety and outcomes
I believe PoCUS training should be made available to all RTs

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* 12. How often do you think there is an opportunity to use PoCUS in your day-to-day practice?

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* 13. How do you see PoCUS use by RTs evolving in the next 10 years

Thank you so much for completing the survey.
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