Teresa Wu, MD

Dr. Teresa Wu is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Stanford University. She completed both ultrasound and administrative & simulation fellowships at Stanford University following completion of her residency training. She is currently the Simulation Curriculum Director and an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix. Dr. Wu also works as an emergency medicine physician and is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound & Fellowships for the Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix. Over her career, Dr. Wu has developed and directed multiple ultrasound and simulation fellowships across the country, and she has served as an honored keynote speaker for numerous international conferences. Dr. Wu’s innovative research and publications have lead to advances in medical simulation, education, and emergency ultrasound. Her point of care ultrasound app, SonoSupport, has been used to develop ultrasound education and curricula throughout the world.


How POCUS Can Make You Look Like A Superstar On Your Clinical Rotations!

Did you know that point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be performed quickly at your patient’s bedside? Performing a point-of-care ultrasound can provide you with important information you can use to help your patients. When you are on your clinical rotations, here are some cool POCUS tips and tricks that you can utilize to help your patient and your clinical team.   1. Is your patient a tough stick? Is everyone having a hard time getting vascular access? Use POCUS to help guide peripheral IV placement. Watch your needle enter the vessel in real-time using ultrasound guidance. Use ultrasound guidance to avoid puncturing through the back wall of the vessel and “blowing the vein.”   2. Does your patient have an area of redness or warmth that may be concerning for an infection? Perform a soft tissue POCUS to determine if the patient has cellulitis vs. a phlegmon or an abscess that requires drainage. Ultrasound can help you determine if an abscess is present, how deep it extends, and if there are any loculations present.   3. Does your female patient have abdominal pain? Perform a POCUS of her abdomen and pelvis to evaluate for intra-abdominal free fluid or pregnancy. You will know within seconds if your patient is pregnant or not and how you should tailor her management plan.   4. Does your patient have abdominal pain and a history...

Top 10 Ways To Prevent Mistakes When Using Ultrasound

10.  Do not forget to plug in the machine and learn to power on the machine BEFORE you go into the patient’s room.  You don’t want to look like an idiot searching all over for the power button on the machine while the patient is waiting for you to start the scan. 9.  Make sure the probes are clean and the cords are untangled before you walk into the patient’s room.  You don’t want to waste time detangling cords or cleaning off blood and gel in front of the patient. 8.  Warm the gel bottle before you lather up the patient with it.  If you don’t have a gel warmer, you can place the bottle in a hot water bath (eg. Basin filled with hot tap water).  Just make sure you warn the patient that the gel will be cold.  Apologize profusely and help clean up the gel afterwards. 7.  Don’t push harder on the probe to try to improve your image.  Getting the probe closer to the target organ doesn’t give you a better image.  Add some extra gel, change your angle, and redirect your ultrasound beams to maximize image quality. 6.  Turning up the gain may make your picture brighter, but it will wash out some of the important detail.  You will want to see the difference in contrast between the various structures (e.g. liver and kidney...