This hands-on Sonography course is up to eight months in length, consisting of three distinct components:
- Hands-on training, and
From the pre-training worksheets to the post training image submissions with evaluation, the medical professional receives a very comprehensive training in pregnancy confirmation imaging.
The methodology we use through Sparrow Solutions Group is a step-by-step process to teach Interpretation Ready Imaging℠ (IRI℠).
Our course is based on the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Practice Guidelines, the Association of Women’s Health in Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing, as well as the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Code of Ethics and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
- The Sparrow contract legally binds us to do what we promise.
- Sparrow training courses are aligned to standards of national medical organizations like AWHONN, AIUM, ACOG, SDMS, and the FDA.
- Sparrow provides pre-consultation tools and accountability to equip the PMC to have a successful sonography training.
- Sparrow participates in multiple medical conferences each year so that we are able to educate PMCs about the latest medical imaging and patient care trends.
- Sparrow recognizes the value of including the ED and other key team members in certain components of training in order to solidify the patient care service platform.
- Sparrow’s involvement with PMCs nationally and internationally gives us insight and perspective on risk-reducing practices.
- Sparrow incorporates imaging language into the technical aspect of imaging in a PMC.
Organizations like AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing), AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound), ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), SDMS (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography), and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have set standards that are critical for all involved with the PMC to follow for best practices.
Here are just a few examples:
According to the AWHONN guidelines, Clinical Competencies and Education Guide, 4th Edition
- The performance of ultrasound examinations is an appropriate practice for registered nurses (RNs) specializing in obstetric, gynecology, and reproductive medicine as dictated by the clinical situation.
- Performing these ultrasound examinations represents an expanded nursing role and thus is not to be undertaken by the novice or inexperienced obstetric, gynecologic, or reproductive medicine RN.
See Fundamentals in OB Patient Care.
According to AIUM point-of-care ultrasound is ultrasound imaging performed during a patient encounter or procedure to enhance patient care. (2010)
Licensed RNs who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and training in the specific imaging procedure to be performed and who are performing these exams within the scope of practice as defined by the licensing jurisdiction may perform point-of-care ultrasound [SDMS], 2011a.
Fetal ultrasound should be performed only when there is a valid medical reason [ACOG], 2009; AIUM, 2012b, 2012c). Performing an obstetric ultrasound primarily for keepsake images or to determine fetal gender without a medical indication is not recommended (ACOG, 2009; AIUM, 2012b, 2012c; Food and Drug Administration [FDA], 2015). The U.S. FDA states that the use of ultrasound equipment for these purposes is an unapproved use of a medical device. This practice may violate state or local laws regarding use of such devices without a prescription (FDA, 2015).
All Sparrow Sonography training courses are aligned to these standards. Sparrow Solutions Group recommends that all PMCs align their medical services to these standards as well.
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