Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasonography in Simulation-Based Advanced Cardiac Life Support Scenarios

  title={Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasonography in Simulation-Based Advanced Cardiac Life Support Scenarios},
  author={Stephanie L Cha and Allan Gottschalk and Erik Su and Adam Schiavi and Adam Dodson and Aliaksei Pustavoitau},
  journal={Journal of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine},
Background: Ultrasonography is an effective tool for diagnosing potential reversible aetiologies of cardiac arrest. We developed an educational curriculum for critical care ultrasonography involving multiple sequential cardiac arrest simulation scenarios and assessed the efficacy of participants’ performance. Methods: Didactic lectures and hands-on training sessions were provided before participants were divided into simulation teams for a series of five scenarios in which they were instructed… 
2 Citations
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound and the Periresuscitative Period: A Case Series of Resident-Performed Echocardiographic Assessment Using Subcostal-Only View in Advanced Life Support
The feasibility of echocardiographic assessment using subcostal-only view in ALS (EASy-ALS) performed by anesthesiology residents during the periresuscitative period after structured training is demonstrated.
Point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine
Use of ultrasound is growing in clinical areas where time and diagnostic accuracy are crucial, and the pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist will lead the incorporation of ultrasound in the future practice of these specialties.


Peri-resuscitation echocardiography: training the novice practitioner.
Novices can obtain knowledge and skills relevant to ALS-compliant peri-resuscitation echocardiography using a range of educational techniques, and continued mentored practice and didactic adherence to ALS algorithms is required.
Assessment of Cardiac Ultrasonography in Predicting Outcome in Adult Cardiac Arrest
Ulasonographic detection of cardiac activity may be useful in determining prognosis during cardiac arrest and further studies are needed to elucidate the predictive value of ultrasonography in cardiac arrest patients.
Echocardiography in cardiac arrest
The focused application of this well established technique within the ALS algorithm provides the resuscitation team with a potentially powerful diagnostic tool that can be used to diagnose/exclude some of the potentially treatable causes of cardiac arrest as well as to guide therapeutic interventions.
A Simulation-Based Program to Train Medical Residents to Lead and Perform Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
There was a uniform increase in the residents' self-confidence in their role as effective leaders of ACLS teams, and residents valued this simulation-based training program.
An evaluation of echo in life support (ELS): is it feasible? What does it add?
It is concluded that ELS is feasible and that the scan findings may guide further interventions.
[Critical care echocardiography].
Basic CCE should be a required part of the training of every ICU physician and performance of such focused or goal-directed echocardiography by intensive care unit (ICU) physicians has been shown to provide new information not assessable by physical examination, and often leads to change in therapeutic management.
Point-of-Care Echocardiography by Pediatric Emergency Physicians
With goal-directed training, PEM physicians may be able to perform PocE and accurately assess for significant LV systolic dysfunction, vascular filling, and the presence of pericardial effusion and the model may be expanded to train physicians to use POCE.