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Thoracic ultrasound in critically ill patients

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9 Lessons

Objectives

1. Increase the participant’s knowledge to better perform and/or interpret Critical Care ultrasound examinations.
2.State the basic fundamentals of ultrasound physics and demonstrate appropriate optimization for system controls
3.Demonstrate image orientation, transducer placement, and scan protocols
4.Demonstrate scan protocols for focused evaluation of the lungs, diaphragma ,aorta, and adult heart, and lower extremity DVT.
5.Increase the participant’s knowledge to better perform and/or interpret Emergency and Critical Care ultrasound examinations.
6.Differentiate normal/abnormal image characteristics of the thorax and adult heart.
7.State an algorithm for assessing causes of shock and hypotension using bedside ultrasound.
8.State principles of spectral and cardiac Doppler fundamentals and apply quantitative methods to evaluate acute valvular abnormalities (critical care track).
9.Evaluate fluid responsiveness in the critically ill patient.
10.Increase competence to incorporate protocols, scan techniques & interpretation criteria to improve diagnostic/treatment accuracy.

Topics

Focused 2D Cardiac Exam (FATE)

  • Cardiac Doppler & Focused Calculations
  • Echo Assessment of Cardiomyopathies & Heart Failure
  • Mitral Insufficiency & Complications
  • Guidelines for Appropriate Use of Ultrasonography by the Intensivist

Evaluation of Cardiac Arrest, Shock & Hypotension
Fluid Responsiveness in the Critically Ill
Advanced Non-Cardiac Chest (Larynx, Trachea, Lung & Pleura, Diaphragma)
Interactive Case Studies
Training and Credentialing

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