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ACGME COMPETENCY

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following ACGME competencies: 

 

  • Patient Care 

  • Medical Knowledge 

  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement 

AACES

Echo-Guided Resuscitation Course

Advanced ultrasound guided resuscitation of the critically ill .

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Specifically designed for healthcare providers who are exploring echocardiography to enhance the evaluation and management of the critically ill. Building upon the foundation laid by the AACES Ultrasound Life Support Course and the tenets of the S.E.A.R.C.H 9Es Course, this program will provide a comprehensive overview of the echocardiographic techniques and principles used during resuscitation. Participants will learn how to assess critical hemo-dynamic parameters using qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative echocardiographic indices, and integrate these findings in commonly encountered critical clinical scenarios. 

 

     Lectures are condensed and delivered in an interactive format. The Hands-on Training Session is the cornerstone of the program. During these sessions, trainees will be guided to perform bedside echocardiography and apply the concepts learnt with simulated clinical scenarios. With 5 hours set aside for this training and keeping the trainer to trainee ratio at maximum of 1:3, participants will have ample opportunities to practise their scanning techniques and test the application of their knowledge. This course will lay the foundation required of the healthcare provider in using echocardiography in the resuscitation of the critically ill.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Upon completion of this course, participants will learn how to: 

 

  • Explain utility and pitfalls of echodynamics in the evaluation and management of the critically ill 

  • Correlate cardiac segmental anatomy with coronary artery distribution 

  • Identify normal variations in cardiac anatomy 

  • Explain formation, acquire and optimize pulse wave and continuous wave and colour flow imaging 

  • Perform key qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative assessment of cardiac function 

  • Perform measurements of indices of LV and RV systolic function 

  • Perform measurements of LV diastolic function 

  • Evaluate fluid status, fluid responsiveness and fluid tolerance 

  • Perform noninvasive measurement of CVP, PASP, LV Filling pressure and cardiac output 

  • Evaluate acute respiratory failure for interstitial and alveolar syndromes 

  • Integrate echocardiographic indices in the evaluation of patients with chest trauma, acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, cardiac tamponade and septic shock 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Emergency physicians, critical care physicians, anaesthetist, cardiologist, trainees and healthcare workers involved in the management of critically ill patients.

  • Participants should have a basic understanding of point of care ultrasound and ultrasound physics. 

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