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Title: Survey of the training and use of echocardiography and lung ultrasound in Australasian intensive care units.
Epworth Authors: Yang, Yang
Other Authors: Royse, C.
Royse, A.
Williams, K.
Canty, D.
Keywords: Intensive Care Unit, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia.
Critical Care Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Cardiac Sciences Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Transthoracic Echocardiography
Thoracic Surgery
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound
Intensive Care Units
Issue Date: Oct-2016
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Critical Care (2016) 20:339.
Abstract: Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) are now considered essential skills and a requirement of training for physicians working in the intensive care unit (ICU) [1]. TTE is a feasible and safer alternative to transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE), even after cardiac surgery [2]. Acquiring competency in TTE during an already over-full curriculum is a challenge. Furthermore, lung ultrasound (LU) is becoming established for bedside diagnosis of acute respiratory pathology [3]. The current level of practice and training in TTE, TOE and LU in ICU is not yet reported. We surveyed the 114 ICUs accredited for ICU training in Australasia to determine the current prevalence of practice and training in TTE, TOE, and LU and to identify perceived obstacles in practice and training. After ethics approval, a web-based survey of 14 Multiple Choice Questions was submitted to the Directors of ICU accredited for training.
DOI: 10.1186/s13054-016-1444-9
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ISSN: 1364-8535
Journal Title: Critical Care
Type: Letter
Affiliated Organisations: Ultrasound Education Group, Department of Surgery, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Anaesthesia, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Anaesthesia, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
Appears in Collections:Critical Care
Diagnostic Services
Internal Medicine
Clinical Education & Simulation

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