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Point of Care Technology (POCT)

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Upon completion of this course the student will have knowledge and competence in prehospital point-of-care technology, including ultrasonography, biomarkers for life threatening conditions and advanced neuro-diagnostics.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The candidate should...
  • Have thorough knowledge of, and will be able to analyse the basic theory, application and limitations of focused ultrasound assessment, as well as application of ultrasound for peripheral vascular access
  • Have thorough knowledge of, and can analyse the application and limitations of selected general biomarkers in the prehospital environment

The candidate should...
  • Be able to analyse and critically appraise, as well as demonstrate basic skills in applying ultrasound in focused assessments and in vascular access in experimental models
  • Be able to analyse and critically appraise the correct application of point-of-care blood tests

General Competence
The candidate should...
  • Be able to recognize and communicate the criterias for the usefulness of a point-of-care diagnostic test in general
  • Be able to analyse and discuss the benefits and limitations for a point-of-care diagnostic test in various clinical situations
  • Be able to identify, consider and communicate the aspects of overconsumption of diagnostic tests
  • Be able to analyse and discuss the cost vs. benefit aspects of diagnostic tests within the health care system
  • Be able to describe and apply the basic statistics used to determine the presence or absence of disease


  • Ultrasound physics
  • Application and limitations of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS)
  • Introduction to lung, abdominal, heart and trauma PoCUS protocols
  • Introduction to vascular ultrasound including guiding of vascular access and diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis
  • Hands-on practical ultrasound training in small groups
  • Biomarkers and point-of-care blood analysis
  • Application and limitations of prehospital blood tests
  • Application and limitations of prehospital neuro-diagnostic
  • Statistical models to evaluate the effectiveness of diagnostic tests

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam (multiple choice)1/12 hoursPass - Fail
At the end of the course the students will have a multiple-choice exam. Candidates must answer 2/3 of the questions correctly in order to pass the exam.

Coursework requirements

80% class attendance, 100% attendance at the ultrasound module
1: 80% class attendance.
If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment.
2: 100 % attendance at the practical ultrasound training module. If the student does not participate in the practical ultrasound training, a certificate of an equivalent ultrasound course may be accepted.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Nils Petter Oveland
Study Program Director
Per Kristian Hyldmo

Method of work

E-learning and on-campus seminars.

Open to

Pre-Hospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Master Degree Program at the Faculty of Health Science, UiS.

Course assessment

Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.


  • E-book and e-compendium of relevant scientific papers
  • Video-lectures
  • E-learning modul

The learning material will be made available for students well ahead of the start of the course.
Suggested reading:
  • Point of Care Ultrasound for Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation. Oxford university press (2019).
  • Laursen CB, Rahman NM, Volpicelli G (2017): Thoracic Ultrasound (ERS Monograph). Sheffield, European Respiratory Society, 2017.
  • Noble V and Nelson B (2011): Manual of emergency and critical care ultrasound. Cambridge.
  • Bitsch M. (2011): Klinisk Ultralyd Skanning. FADL Forlag.
  • Lichtenstein DA (2010): Whole body ultrasonography in the critical ill. Springer.
  • Aalen O. (2 utgave 2018). Statistiske metoder i medisin og helsefag. Gyldendal.
  • Lang T. A., Secic M. (2006) How to report Statistics in Medicine. 2nd Edition. Chapter 10: "Determining the presence or absence of disease". American college of physicians.
  • Altman Douglas G (1991) Practical statistics for medical research. Chapter 14.4 Diagnostic tests. Chapman & Hall.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 28.05.2020