Course 2: ICU/Echo

Course Directors: Haney Mallemat, Catonsville, MD, and Glenn J. R. Whitman, Baltimore, MD


This course will review the utilization of a focused ultrasound examination of the heart, pleural space, and central veins. Attendees will gain hands-on experience with ultrasound simulators and live models. Topics will include: basic cardiac anatomy and physiology, as visualized by three common transthoracic views; IVC evaluation to determine intravascular volume; pleural space pathology (eg, pneumothorax and pleural effusions); and ultrasound techniques for central vein visualization and cannulation.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Generate an echocardiographic parasternal, apical, and subcostal view of the heart
  • Evaluate the inferior vena cava to help determine volume status
  • Identify the pleura and sliding lungs
  • Use ultrasound to safely accomplish subclavian and internal jugular venous cannulation

Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.