International expert statement on training standards for critical care ultrasonography
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Training in ultrasound techniques for intensive care medicine physicians should aim at achieving competencies in three main areas: (1) general critical care ultrasound (GCCUS), (2) “basic” critical care echocardiography (CCE), and (3) advanced CCE. A group of 29 experts representing the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and 11 other critical care societies worldwide worked on a potential framework for organizing training adapted to each area of competence. This framework is mainly aimed at defining minimal requirements but is by no means rigid or restrictive: each training organization can be adapted according to resources available. There was 100% agreement among the participants that general critical care ultrasound and “basic” critical care echocardiography should be mandatory in the curriculum of intensive care unit (ICU) physicians. It is the role of each critical care society to support the implementation of training in GCCUS and basic CCE in its own country.
KeywordsUltrasound techniques Echocardiography Training Competence
The participants and the organizing committee are indebted to Mrs. Cindy Martinez and to Pr. Jean-Daniel Chiche for their invaluable help with practical organization of this round table.
Conflict of interest
B. Cholley has worked as a consultant or lecturer for Philips Healthcare (fees being paid to his department) but has no conflict of interest related to the topic of this conference. A. Vieillard Baron has received honoraria as a lecturer at ultrasound symposia, and funding from various industrial partners to develop a website in critical care ultrasound. P. Vignon has worked as a consultant or lecturer for Philips Healthcare but has no conflict of interest related to the topic of this conference. Y. Beaulieu declares to work part-time as director of ultrasound education for a company called CAE Healthcare, providing training solutions on bedside ultrasound including e-learning curriculum and an ultrasound simulator. He receives a salary for that role from CAE Healthcare. R.C. McDermid has received honoraria from ICCU Imaging, a company involved in ultrasound training. S. Alhamid, M. Balik, R. Breitkreutz, J.-L. Canivet, P. Doelken, H. Flaatten, H. Frankel, M. Haney, A. Hilton, E. Maury, P.H. Mayo, A.S. McLean, C. Mendes, M.R Pinsky, J. Poelaert, S. Price, D. Schmidlin, M. Slama, D. Talmor, J. M. Teles, G. Via, G.Voga, P. Wouters, and T. Yamamoto have no financial conflicts of interest to declare.
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