Intensive Care Echo and Basic Lung Ultrasound - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Intensive Care Echo and Basic Lung Ultrasound programme

The project covers the theoretical knowledge required prior to undertaking hands-on training in basic echo and lung ultrasound in intensive care. This includes the physics of ultrasound, anatomy and basic views, left and right ventricular function, life-threatening pathologies, basic lung ultrasound and some of the limitations and pitfalls that may be encountered. The intended audience is intensive care and acute medicine doctors, anaesthetists and clinicians interested in assessment of the critically ill patient.

More information

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.

Sample session

Please note that if you access the content below, your progress and completion of the session will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

  • Anatomy and Basic Views

    The following sample session explains the anatomy of the heart and lungs related to ultrasound imaging. Building on this knowledge, the basic views used in intensive care echo and basic lung ultrasound are then described.

Module Editors

  • Alison Parnell

    Alison Parnell

    Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist
  • Nick Morgan-Hughes

    Nick Morgan-Hughes

    Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist
  • Dave Woodward

    Dave Woodward

    Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist

Rest of the Team/Co-authors

  • Jonathan Rosser

    Jonathan Rosser

    Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care
  • Akos Marko

    Akos Marko

    Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist
  • Paddy Knowles

    Paddy Knowles

    Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist
  • Mark Millar

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Jen Van Iwaarden

    Jen Vaniwaarden

    Lead Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Intensive Care Echo and Basic Lung Ultrasound programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Intensive Care Echo and Basic Lung Ultrasound programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose

For more information on the licensing options available for the Intensive Care Echo and Basic Lung Ultrasound programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Intensive Care Echo and Basic Lung Ultrasound programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies