In Australia, how do sonographers teach the scanning (psychomotor) skills required for clinical practice?

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2018-11-5
Authors
Nicholls, Delwyn
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Flinders University
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Abstract
Elucidating the psychomotor skills required to perform an ultrasound examination. Objective: To identify and describe the psychomotor skills that are required to perform an ultrasound examination. Introduction: The mental and manual skills that are needed to perform an ultrasound examination have been referred to, by operators and professional organisations, as scanning skills. The skill-set has not been reviewed, described or cohered in one document. Literature search strategy: CINHAL, SCOPUS, Medline Ovid, ERIC, Flinders University search engine, and Google Scholar databases were searched to identify the psychomotor skills that are required to perform an ultrasound. Grey literature was also searched. Critical literature appraisal strategy: All relevant literature based on review of titles and abstracts were retrieved. Papers were excluded if they focussed on performing a clinical aspect of a scan or provided outcome data from using an intervention. Findings: The psychomotor skills that are used to perform an ultrasound can be broadly grouped into: visuo-motor; visuo-spatial; probe manipulation; image optimisation, and image instrumentation skills. Conclusion: The cognitive and manual skills that are required to perform an ultrasound examination are termed psychomotor skills. Both upper limbs perform disparate skills. Implications: This inaugural review outlines, to key stakeholders, the scope of the mental and motor skills that are used by a diverse cohort of operators who perform ultrasound examinations.
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This abstract was prepared for the inaugural 'HDR Student Conference', Flinders University, November 2018. Copyright © the author
Keywords
Ultrasound, Psychomotor skills, Teaching and learning, Sonographer
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Nicholls, Delwyn (2018, November) In Australia, how do sonographers teach the scanning (psychomotor) skills required for clinical practice? Paper presented at 'HDR Student conference', Flinders University, Bedford Park.