Ultrasound of the heart and lungs in the critically ill patient is a non-invasive, rapidly performed and valuable bedside imaging mode. A basic echocardiogram (echo) and lung ultrasound examination can identify serious and life-threatening pathology in the haemodynamically unstable patient, exclude diagnoses and guide further management.
Bodies such as the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) are promoting the integration of basic echo and lung ultrasound into the assessment of intensive care patients to attempt to improve management and outcomes.
There are now several courses aimed at teaching non-cardiologists the theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical training required to perform a basic heart and lung ultrasound. This module will interactively teach the theoretical knowledge required prior to attending a hands-on training course. There is a final MCQ session, which allows the production of a CPD certificate for those who have completed the eight sessions.