Course 6: ICU/ECHO

Course Directors: Haney Mallemat, Baltimore, 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: inferior vena cava 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:

  • Perform 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
  • Demonstrate how ultrasound can be used 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.