Focused echocardiography entry level: New concept of a 1-day training course

R. Breitkreutz, S. Uddin, H. Steiger, H. Ilper, M. Steche, F. Walcher, G. Via, S. Price

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Aim. We describe a training programme for non-specialists in focused echocardiography in the periresuscitation setting which represents an entry level in echocardiography training (FEEL) for emergency and critical care medicine physicians. Methods. A prospective observational study based upon the development of a periresuscitation echocardiography training programme developed for novice practitioners (N=15 courses). Results. The programme enables novice echocardiographers to be able to perform a focused echocardiogram in an ALS-compliant manner, and interpret the findings in the context of the clinical scenario. It is based on the concept of blended learning, incorporating a combination of e-learning, web-based teaching and reading selected literature, and attendance at a course. The course comprises 4-hours of theory and 4-hours of hands-on training. Conclusion. Periresuscitation echocardiography, performed safely, within the competence of practitioners in an ALS-compliant manner is a potentially valuable skill to be acquired by physicians caring for the critically ill, regardless of the environment in which they work, or their level of seniority. This newly-developed blended learning periresuscitation echocardiography programme (FEEL) may serve as entry level in peri-resuscitation echocardiography for both emergency physicians and critical care practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


  • Acute lung injury
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Diagnostic techniques and procedures
  • Lung compliance
  • Respiratory mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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