The Royal Melbourne Hospital Critical Care Echocardiography course aims to achieve skill 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 Simulator Course, that culminates in a two-day intensive workshop (on 28-29 November 2016) led by Intensivists and Anaesthetists, we hope that essential skills will be retained for longer than traditional workshops allow.
The course is made up of two components:
1. First, participants will take part in The University of Melbourne simulator course. This involves 20-30 hours of e-learning, prior to attending a three hour simulator workshop in late October 2016 (2 sessions will be held the week of 24 October). Participants will then develop and consolidate scanning and interpretation skills independently using the simulator throughout November. This represents about 10 hours of independent, hands-on learning, to be completed at a time that suits participants during office hours.
2. The clinical workshop held in the RMH Intensive Care Unit on 28-29 November then 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, complexities of echocardiography in the ICU setting, right ventricular function, pulmonary hypertension, and an approach to the shocked patient. Participants will be divided into small groups for practical sessions. About 8-10 hours of scanning time will take place over 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.