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Rapid Assessment by Cardiac Echo (RACE) is a focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) course aims to equip physicians the knowledge and skills to perform and interpret bedside TTE.   The content of RACE, like any other basic critical care TTE courses, includes:

  • Knobology
  • TTE: views and anatomy
  • Left heart assessment
  • Right heart assessment
  • Fluid status & fluid responsiveness
  • Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade

By completing the full course (e-course and actual course with hands-on), the learner will be able to:

  1. Obtain TTE views and optimize images
  2. Able to assess the systolic function and dimensions of left heart using common techniques
  3. Able to assess the systolic function and dimensions of right heart using common techniques, and identify pressure and/or volume overload of the right heart
  4. Able to estimate preload (right atrial pressure) and fluid responsiveness using the inferior vena cava
  5. Able to identify pericardial effusion and clinical features of cardiac tamponade

RACEplus is an extension of RACE and include

  • echo in hypotension
  • lung ultrasound

After completing this pre-course, the registrant should be able to state:

  1. how to assess left heart systolic function and dimensions
  2. how to assess right heart systolic function and dimensions, and the features of pressure and/or volume overload of the right heart
  3. how to estimate preload (right atrial pressure) and assess fluid responsiveness using the inferior vena cava
  4. how to identify pericardial effusion and the clinical features of cardiac tamponade

Instructor

Stephen is a intensive care and echo-physiologist with keen interests in critical care echocardiography and haemodynamic research & teaching. He published two books on critical care echocardiography, numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed papers. He is also an accredited echocardiographer, a certified respiratory scientist, a lawyer and a chartered statistician. He is runs numerous NICCER courses, and is the Co-ordinator of Evidence-based Medicine at the University of Sydney Nepean Clinical School. Stephen has been a NICCER trainer since 2008, and is still enjoying it.
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