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103364 - Basic Echo

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This intensive five-day workshop provides general practitioners essentials tools to assess the heart using point of care machines, but in a more comprehensive matter. Anatomy, physiology and hemodynamic reviews, essentials to understand cardiac sonographic terminology and views, are delivered in a clever and enthusiastic fashion. There is an emphasis on practical aspects led by expert sonographers and clinicians. Low student/tutor rate (4:1) ensure reasonable hands-on ultrasound practice, which increases attendance’s confidence of providing safe and focused bedside cardiac assessment. This course suits best for those clinicians who already have some knowledge in physics and scanning experience. For those who aim to be accredited by the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medical Practice (ASUM), this course covers three Certificate of Clinical Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) units: physics, rapid cardiac echocardiography and basic echocardiography in life support.

Relevance to General Practice

Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a real-time non-invasive imaging modality for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of cardiac anatomy and function [1,2]. TTE provides tomographic imaging through four main cardiac windows. Extensive echocardiographic examination mainly comprises of imaging the heart from multiple orientation planes. Basic echocardiography in life support (BELS), rapid cardiac ultrasound (RCE) and focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) are examples of cardiac protocol suggested to assessment critically ill patients presenting with unknown shock. A thorough assessment and fluid resuscitation is paramount in patients with reversible shock. Basic cardiac ultrasound training provides to general practitioners, emergency medicine and critical care physicians the knowhow to perform hemodynamic measurements and diagnosis of the most common causes of cardiogenic shock [3-5]. This 5-day workshop provides basic skill in spectral Doppler, color Doppler and diastolic function.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound in general practice
  • Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions
  • Perform basic M-mode, B-mode, Color Doppler, Pulsed and Continuous Doppler assessment, hemodynamic calculations and Left and Right ventricle assessment.
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    103364 - Basic Echo
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    33 hours
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