Paracentesis Course

Paracentesis is a procedure to aspirate ascitic fluid from the peritoneal cavity. A diagnostic paracentesis can be performed for to determine the etiology of ascites or a therapeutic paracentesis can be performed for symptomatic ascites.  The paracentesis course uses advanced ultrasound-compatible simulators and Caldwell needles to train clinicians how to perform an ultrasound-guided paracentesis.  This course also covers ascitic fluid analysis, the management of refractory ascites, diuretic-resistant ascites, and how to manage paracentesis complications.

Our paracentesis training is a component of our live Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME course which teaches clinicians how to perform the 20 most essential procedures needed to work in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards.

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Paracentesis Course

Paracentesis Lab Photos

Paracentesis Video

Paracentesis Video


Paracentesis Course trains students in:


  • Indications for a paracentesis
  • Contraindications for a paracentesis
  • Complications of a paracentesis
  • Equipment for a paracentesis
  • Proper positioning and technique for a paracentesis
  • Ultrasound-guided paracentesis
  • Paracentesis troubleshooting
  • Ascitic fluid analysis
  • Coding for a paracentesis

Paracentesis Photos

Paracentesis Reference Card

Paracentesis Reference Card

Paracentesis Reference Card

Paracentesis Blogs

Early Transexamic Acid Decreases Severe Bleeding in Major Trauma Patients or After Childbirth

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Meta-analysis of two large trials suggests that early administration of transexamic acid (TXA) decreases severe bleeding if given early after major trauma or with postpartum hemorrhage. However, the effectiveness decreases 10% for every 15-minute delay and is negligible at 3 hours.

Ultrasound-guided Central Venous Access: Are Landmarks a Thing of the Past?

by Rick Rutherford, M.D., FAAFP

Ultrasound has improved the safety and efficiency of a wide range of procedures including ultrasound-guided central line insertion

Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME Courses Available

Register HERE 21 days before the course to SAVE $50-150 and get one complimentary gift:

  1. A 2 GB memory stick preloaded with all course lectures and procedure articles