2021 Leura Critical Care Echo Meeting
9 September 2021
RACEplus and Critical Care Echo Forum
** Please note while we try our best to offer the listed courses, there is always a small chance that the course may be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. In this case, we will offer refund in full.**
Location: Fairmont Resort Leura, Blue Mountain, NSW
Date: 9-12 September 2021 (Thu – Sun)
The annual Leura meeting is recommencing this year after COVID bounced it off the calendar in 2020. It will be a face-to-face meeting over four days, the first two aimed at the beginner with a RACEplus course. This course, the Rapid Assessment by Cardiac Echo, is a well known and highly applauded workshop introducing the novice to the enormous benefits of applying echo in the management of the critically ill patient. The emphasis is hands-on experience. Importantly it also fulfills the criteria for mandatory college training requirements. Dates: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September.
The second two days are orientated to experienced users with two major themes in addition to a variety of presentations relevant to the practising critical care physician. The first theme is titled ‘The right heart, echo, and the intensivist’. Most of the Saturday 11th September will be dedicated to this subject, central to every day Intensive Care practice. The second theme is ‘Unravelling the heart anatomy’ will be on Sunday 12thSeptember. The muscular anatomy of the heart is extraordinary and even for those who are very experienced in echo the underlying physical structure of the heart is often a mystery. Practical demonstrations using animal hearts help unravel this mystery, providing a better understanding of ventricular function as an example.
Pertinent to the development of critical care echo in Australia and New Zealand is the enthusiasm and dedication of individuals. We are fortunate to have some of them presenting on important topics such as training, history and the current status of the technique in our countries.
RACEplus (9-10 September 2021)
RACE (Rapid Assessment by Cardiac Echo) is a transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) course specifically designed for the critical care and acute care physicians. Its objective is to equip physicians in these areas with the skills and knowledge to perform focused bedside TTE so that common cardiac and haemodynamic disorders can be identified quickly. RACE is suitable for physicians with little or no prior knowledge of TTE, and there is a strong focus on HANDS-ON practice in this course.
✓Left heart function
✓Right heart function
✓Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade
✓Echo in hypotensive patients
✓Focused assessment and feedback from instructors
✓Case interpretation workshop
After registration, participants will have access to our ePre-course.
** Important: Please remember to create an account (by creating a password) in the check-out page in order to access ePre-course.
Accreditations and CME points
RACEplus is a recognized course for CME purpose by various colleges in Australasia & other countries, including CICM, ACEM, ANZCA, RACP, ASUM (RCE and BELS), HKCEM and HKCA.
RACEplus is recognized by ASUM for CCPU (RCE & BELS) purposes.
Leura Critical Care Echo Forum (11-12 September 2021)
Saturday: Theme – The right heart, echo, and the intensivist
- Diagnosis of right heart failure
- Right heart in acute pulmonary embolus
- Choice of inotrope in acute RHF
- Ventricular- arterial coupling on the right side
- Strain methodology and the right heart
- Evaluating pulmonary hypertension
- Can we accurately assess pulmonary vascular resistance noninvasively?
- Right heart responses to different mechanical ventilation modes
- Mechanical support for the failing right heart
- What are those shadows in the right atrium?
Sunday: Theme – unravelling the heart anatomy with practical demonstration
- History of CCE in Australia and New Zealand
- The status of CCE in New Zealand
- 3D in CCE – finally found a place or still wandering around in the wilderness?
- Obstetrical critical care – case presentations.
- Training in Basic and Advanced CCE – do we have it right ?
- The role of echo in retrieval medicine
- Debate: Echo research in the ICU is not ethical
- Critical Care Echo and CICM
Recommended reading materials:
McLean & Huang (2012) Critical Care Ultrasound Manual. Elsevier Australia. All RACEplus attendees will receive a free copy.
McLean, Huang & Hilton (2020) Oxford Textbook of Advanced Critical Care Echocardiography, OUP. All registrants can pre-order a copy (collect at meeting) at a special price of AUD 200 (RRP ~AUD 230).
- All fees and payments are in Australian dollars (AUD).
- The registration fee includes conference dinner on 11 September 2021 (Saturday).
- RACEplus attendees will receive a copy of McLean & Huang (2012) Critical Care Ultrasound Manual. Elsevier Australia and have access to and online ePre-course.
Familiarising echo machines and the various knobs by practising the standard transthoracic views on models in hands-on sessions.
Learn how to assess the left and right heart, fluid status and identify pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade.
Assessing patients in hypotension.
Introduction to lung ultrasound
Interpret RACE studies using real case studies.
Perform a focused assessment and receive individual feedbacks from trainers.
• Diagnosis of right heart failure
• Right heart in acute pulmonary embolus
• Choice of inotrope in acute RHF
• Ventricular- arterial coupling on the right side
• Strain methodology and the right heart
• Evaluating pulmonary hypertension
• Can we accurately assess pulmonary vascular resistance noninvasively?
• Right heart responses to different mechanical ventilation modes
• Mechanical support for the failing right heart
• What are those shadows in the right atrium?
• History of CCE in Australia and New Zealand
• The status of CCE in New Zealand
• 3D in CCE – finally found a place or still wandering around in the wilderness?
• Obstetrical critical care – case presentations.
• Training in Basic and Advanced CCE – do we have it right ?
• The role of echo in retrieval medicine
• Debate: Echo research in the ICU is not ethical
• Critical Care Echo and CICM
If I cannot attend the event, can I transfer the registration (ticket) to my friend?
Course registration is not transferable, unless approved by the Event Secretary.
Can I cancel the registration anytime?
Cancellation by Registrant will attract the following administration fees (as % of total purchase fees) regardless of reasons: more than 8 weeks prior: 5%; 4 to 8 weeks prior: 20%; 2 to 4 weeks prior: 70%; less than 2 weeks prior: 80%; or no show: 100% (no refund).
What if the Organiser cancels the event?
The Organiser reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course due to natural disaster, pandemic, not enough interest in the course, or other unforeseeable circumstances. If a course is cancelled by the Organiser, full (100%) refund will be returned to the Registrant. If the course is postponed, the Registrant can either seek a full refund or attend the course on the new date(s). Please note that while we will try our best to announce any cancellation or postponement at least 20 days prior to the original delivery date, this cannot be guaranteed in unforeseen circumstances.