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