Focus has shifted to non-cardiac anesthesia as the next speciality whereby patients may benefit from development of echocardiography skills.

Echocardiography… Fit for General Anesthesia?

Dr. Nick Fletcher, Consultant Anesthetist and Cardiac Intensivist at St. Georges Hospital, London explores this question and examines echocardiography in a broader context  looking at how it can fit within  general anesthesia and intensive care. “Focus has shifted to non-cardiac anesthesia as the next speciality whereby patients may benefit from development of echocardiography skills,” he observes. “The technology is not under question. Echocardiography is a very well validated technique - the difficulty is how to get the training.”

Overcoming barriers

Citing lack of training opportunities and skilled trainers as significant barriers to widespread adoption, Dr. Fletcher provides insights into training programmes using the HeartWorks TTE Mobile simulator at St. Georges Hospital with feedback from students assessing the value and relevance of the simulated echocardiography course.

 

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