RECM state that:
Intermediate training introduces the diagnostic modalities. Evidence of e-learning modules that focus on PoCUS image interpretation should be obtained. Initial DOPS assessments of the diagnostic modalities can be achieved in a simulated environment or during observed practice. Due to the complexity of learning ECHO skills, it is recommended that an introduction to echo is attained during core and intermediate training. A suggested stepwise approach through training may involve starting with basic focussed ECHO, progressing to major unwell patients with presentations such as shortness of breath, chest pain or hypotension then resuscitation and the peri-arrest or cardiac arrest situation.
Echo in Life Support focuses only to identify :
1. Primary Question - Is the heart contracting?
2. Secondary Questions - Is there is a pericardial effusion causing tamponade?
- Is there is evidence of right ventricular strain?