Field Trial - Critical Care Ultrasonography: Image Acquisition and Interpretation
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3 Courses
Access expires on 08/01/2024
Credit Offered
2 CME / CE Credits
2 MOC Points
2 RN Credits
2 PA Credits
2 AANPCB Credits

This is a field trial of an e-learning course that offers the critical care clinician a comprehensive review of critical care ultrasonography as defined by the ACCP/SRLF Statement on Competence in Critical Care Ultrasonography (Chest. 2009;135:1050-1060). The entire course covers the following components of critical care ultrasonography: 

Module 1: Image acquisition and machine control 

Module 2: Thoracic ultrasonography (lung) 

Module 3: Thoracic ultrasonography (pleural) 

Module 4: Abdominal ultrasonography 

Module 5: Critical care echocardiography 

Module 6: Vascular ultrasonography (vascular access and venous thrombosis) 

For the purpose of the field trial, only modules 4-6 will be included. 

The course provides instruction in the cognitive aspects of critical care ultrasonography, image acquisition, and image interpretation using a blended format of didactic material; video-based case review, and real-time demonstration scanning. The emphasis is on developing competence in the clinical applications of critical care ultrasonography using case-based learning. 

  • Identify ultrasonography physics, machine controls, transducer manipulations, and ultrasonography artifacts that are necessary to obtain high-quality images.  
  • Develop technical and cognitive skills required to achieve competency in lung, pleural, vascular, abdominal, and cardiac critical care ultrasonography.
  • Apply key techniques of ultrasonography that are important for diagnosis and management of the critically ill patient.   
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