$750 – $1,300

RMH-Critical Care Echocardiography Course (TTE) October-November 2017

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Royal Melbourne Hospital

Intensive Care Unit Education Centre (Level B5)

Grattan Street

Parkville, Vic 3050

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This highly successful course aims to help participants achieve competence in performing and interpreting transthoracic echocardiography in the critical care setting. With about 6 weeks of preparation using the outstanding University of Melbourne Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) Simulator Course, that culminates in a two-day intensive workshop on 13-14 November 2017 led by Intensivists and Anaesthetists, we hope that essential skills will be retained for longer than traditional short courses allow.

Learning is made up of two components:

1. Preparation- online and using the TTE simulator

First, participants will take part in The University of Melbourne simulator course. Starting in early October, participants will independently work through about 20 hours of online material, developing basic knowledge about transthoracic echocardiography interpretation.

Having completed the online preparation preparation independently, participants will then take part in one 3-hour session in mid October (three dates will be proposed) orientating them to use of the RMH TTE simulator, and showing them the basics of TTE image acquisition. They then have one month to complete 10 independent simulator studies, to develop their scanning skills. These studies can be completed at a time that suits participants during office hours over the following weeks (about 5-10 hours).

2. Clinical ICU Workshop - 13-14 November

The clinical workshop held in the RMH Intensive Care Unit on 13-14 November 2017 translates this knowledge to the critical care setting. A combination of short, interactive talks and practical sessions will focus on improving technical skills and interpretation.

Topics covered will include image optimisation techniques, LV function and cardiac output assessment, assessing valvular stenosis and regurgitation, right ventricular function, pulmonary hypertension, an approach to the shocked patient, and complexities of echocardiography in the ICU setting. To finish, partipicants will scan several patients in the RMH ICU in small groups. About 8-10 hours of scanning time will take place over the 2 days.

The faculty consists of 3 Intensivists with a particular interest in echocardiography, 2 cardiac anaesthetists, and a senior echocardiographer.

This course is ideal for those working and training in Intensive Care, Anaesthetics and Emergency.

It is accredited by the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) for college training.

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What if I'm not sure if I can make the Introduction to the Simulator session in mid October?

The organisers will hold several sessions at RMH during this period, in an attempt to find a time that suits people's varied schedules. Attendance at only one weekday morning or afternoon session on these dates is needed. In the event that these dates are likely to be unsuitable, please contact the organiser prior to enrolling in the course.

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations before 1 October will receive a 50% refund, or participants may enrol in the following course without penalty.

Cancellations after 1 November will receive a 25% refund.

What level of TTE knowledge is needed?

This course assumes no knowledge of TTE. However, many of our last course's participants were reasonably experienced in TTE, but benefited from a more structured approach to image acquisition, and found that the simulator and practical workshop improved their skills and confidence significantly.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email james.anstey@mh.org.au

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