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TTE Basics (CME)

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Frequently, healthcare professionals are required to handle medical emergencies and manage hemodynamically unstable patients. Recently, new tools and technologies have become available to enhance diagnosis and management of these patients. Small, relatively inexpensive hand-carried cardiac ultrasound (HCU) devices have become available in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Because they are relatively easy to use and portable, HCU's have made powerful echocardiographic diagnostic data available to physicians. Yet, many of today's practicing physicians lack formal training or a thorough understanding of the basic principles of operation of these devices and the diagnostic benefits they offer. This course will provide an evidence-based overview of the use of HCU's at the clinic and the bedside using video based didactics and demonstrations.

This online curriculum is not a replacement for Level 1 or Level 2 training recommendations by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and American College of Cardiology (ACC), which require personally performing and interpreting echo examinations.

However, the curriculum is a didactic and interactive introduction to the topic, designed to motivate practicing physicians to pursue hands-on training to achieve Level 1 or Level 2 ASE HCU training through further study and practice.

In addition to providing an overview and foundational knowledge about the use of HCU’s in the clinical setting, the curriculum is designed to provide an educational roadmap to further training opportunities and courses that will allow practicing physicians to become independently competent in the use of HCU’s to complement their clinical examination and improve their diagnostic skills.


This course is designed for physicians with the following specialties: cardiology, family practice, primary care, general surgery, internal medicine, critical care, pulmonology, and emergency medicine.


  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2013
  • Latest Review Date: August 12, 2015
  • Expiration Date: August 31, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 Hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.50
  • Registration Fee: FREE


  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Evaluation Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop skills to personally use HCU devices and interpret echo examinations such as identifying cardiac and pulmonary anatomy from HCU exam images and performing a basic HCU exam of the heart and lungs.
  • Develop skills to use HCU devices to diagnose and confirm appropriate therapeutic treatment of pneumothorax.
  • Develop skills to use HCU devices to assess hypoxemia, hypovolemia, and hypotension.
  • Develop skills to use HCU devices to assess presence of cardiac tamponade.
  • Develop skills to use HCU devices to assess ventricular function during CPR.



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