ECHO-Guided Life Support

Using ultrasound to categorise shock and guide initial management

The course duration is 2hrs 50min.

3 CPD Points, 3 CEUs, 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and EB Medicine.

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Max Valois & Jean-François Lanctôt
Max Valois & Jean-François Lanctôt

Max Valois and Jean-François Lanctôt are colleagues in the ED at Charles-LeMoyne Hospital, and in the ICU at Verdun Hospital in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Max is Adjunct Professor at McGill University and Université de Montréal, and Associate Professor at Université de Sherbrooke.

Jean-François is Adjunct Professor at McGill University, and Professor of Clinical Teaching at Université de Sherbrooke.

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Module 1: Introduction & Lung Ultrasound
  • Lecture: Introduction & Lung
  • Tutorial: Lung
  • Tutorial: Pleural Effusions
Module 2: Subcostal and IVC
  • Lecture: Subcostal & IVC
  • Tutorial: Subcostal View
  • Tutorial: Inferior Vena Cava
Module 3: Focused Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Lecture: Focused Cardiac
  • Tutorial: Parasternal Long Axis View
  • Tutorial: Parasternal Short Axis View
  • Tutorial: Left Lateral Decubitus Positioning
  • Tutorial: Apical Four-Chamber
Module 4: Algorithmic approach to shock
  • Lecture: At the Bedside
  • Tutorial: Algorithmic Approach to Shock
Module 5: Cases
  • Lecture: Case Discussion
  • Lecture: Conclusion
Course Summary

The purpose of this activity is to provide learners with knowledge and competence in the use of ultrasound techniques in emergency situations

Target Audience

This internet-enduring material is designed for physicians, mid-level providers, and nurses practicing in the specialty of emergency medicine, critical care, and resuscitation.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Categorize undifferentiated shock via an algorithmic approach
  • Identify pneumothorax and interstitial syndrome with lung ultrasound
  • Identify the signs of obstructive shock (tamponade & PE)
  • Qualitatively assess LV function
  • Assess the IVC
  • Assess volaemia and fluid responsiveness potential
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

CME Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME accreditation requirements and policies, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.

Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.

Commercial Support

This activity received no commercial support.

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