Highlights from the Pre-SoA 2015 CUSIC Course


As part of the buildup to #ICSSOA2015, the inaugural ICS CUSIC course was held over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of December 2015. Faculty comprised of colleagues experienced in the skills of echocardiography and point-of-care ultrasound. The course programme aimed to cover aspects of both the ICS FICE and CUSIC accreditation syllabus.

Over 33 colleagues from as far away as India and Gibraltar benefitted from lectures as well as valuable hands on experience using the latest Sonosite X-porte machines. In the spirit of FOAMed, @justinkb ‘s brilliant talk on Lung Ultrasound was broadcast live on Periscope. Over 100 people from across the globe tuned in. If you’ve missed it, you can catch it again here…..

Watch out for more ultrasound goodness over the duration of the conference. Join in the conversation at #ICSSOA2015.


Training in Ultrasound

International expert statement on training standards for critical care ultrasonography Expert Round Table on Ultrasound in ICU. Intensive Care Med. 2011 Jul;37(7):1077-83. Epub 2011 May 26

United Kingdom’s Accreditation Programme, Syllabus and Logbook (FREE)

POCUS – http://www.ics.ac.uk/ics-homepage/accreditation-modules/cusic-accreditation/

ECHO – http://www.ics.ac.uk/ics-homepage/accreditation-modules/focused-intensive-care-echo-fice/

Lung Ultrasound

Lung ultrasound in the critically ill – http://www.annalsofintensivecare.com/content/4/1/1

BLUE protocol – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3734893/

FALLS protocol – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3848672/

SESAME protocol – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3734893/

ESICM European Diploma in Echocardiography – http://www.esicm.org/education/edec

International consensus statement on training standards for advanced critical care echocardiography – http://icmjournal.esicm.org/Journals/abstract.html?doi=10.1007/s00134-014-3228-5

Assessment of loading conditions with cardiac ultrasound. A comprehensive review – https://journals.viamedica.pl/anaesthesiology_intensivetherapy/article/view/AIT.a2015.0068

Cardiac Ultrasonography in the critical care setting: a practical approach to asses cardiac function and preload for the “non-cardiologist” – https://journals.viamedica.pl/anaesthesiology_intensivetherapy/article/view/AIT.a2015.0074

Abdominal Ultrasound

FAST scan in trauma – http://www.sonoguide.com/FAST.html

RUSH protocol and discussion – http://emcrit.org/rush-exam/

Indications for FAST – http://www.trauma.org/archive/radiology/FASTindications.html

Miscellaneous Resources and links

Ten good reasons to practice ultrasound in critical care



Bedside Ultrasound iBook by @ultrasoundpod – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/introduction-to-bedside-ultrasound/id554196012?mt=13



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