World Health Organization Centre of Excellence for International network of Critical Ultrasound
The WHO COE INCUS is a pioneer centre dedicated to the advancement of ultrasound by encouraging research, promoting collaboration at all levels, disseminating scientific knowledge, and improving communication and
understanding in point-of-care ultrasound.
To bring sustainable point of care ultrasound programs to the underserved areas of the world to improve global healthcare through collaboration, communication, and education.
- Educating the emergency care workforce in Point of care ultrasound
- Generating evidence and translating knowledge to improve emergency care for patients and populations
- Building and strengthening research capacity in Point of care ultrasound
- Developing and implementations of Innovations in Point of care ultrasound technology
- Developing structured academic programs/training modules in point of care ultrasound across health care providers & allied workforce
- Maintaining highest standards in Point of care ultrasound education, performance, research, technologies etc
- Provisioning of expertise and information regarding ultrasound to the public at large
Over a decade, WHOCCET has pioneered in point of care ultrasound education and research by developing a variety of POCUS capsule courses for health-care providers. The Centre has disseminated these courses nationally, regionally, and globally.
The training of nurses in POCUS by WHO CCET-SEAR, JPNATC-AIIMS, New Delhi
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is the use of ultrasound at the bedside of the patient for both diagnostic and therapeutic indications. It is focused, goal directed, reproducible and quick bedside examination of a critically ill patient.
Burden of errors in emergency room accounts to almost 50 errors in an eight-hour shift which may be near miss or fatal events. This is mainly due to complex emergency condition, untrained human resource, lack of access to point of care technologies/testing in time of needs. Point of care ultrasound has shown to fill this gap and improve outcomes in timebound care of acutely ill and injured patients.
The applications of Point of Care Ultrasound include trauma care, emergency medicine, critical care, emergency cardiology and musculoskeletal including guided procedures.