2024 Hong Kong SPECHO

Event Date:

24 November 2024

Event Location:

HK Adventist Hospital - Tsuen Wan


Location: Hong Kong

Date: 24 November 2024

Fee*: AUD600 (early bird AUD500 before 24 September 2024, medical students 15% off)

Practical Intermediate Echocardiography for Critical Care

Spot Examination by Echo


The aim of this half-day course is to provide training in 1 to 2 spots transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) examination using handheld device to paramedics, nurses, doctors and medical students.

Echocardiography has been described as the 21st century stethoscope.  With the advancement of technology, this notion is further realized by the appearance of handheld ultrasound devices.  Modern hand-held devices are ultra-portable, and possesses many functionalities.  The 2D image quality in some hand-held device are even comparable to some portable laptop type ultrasound system.  These little devices surpassed the traditional stethoscopes and are extremely helpful in emergency crisis (e.g. out of hospital arrest), or in daily practice (e.g.  ward-round).  As such, this SPECHO workshop provides an entry level on-the-spot TTE examination for frontline healthcare professionals who are confronted by emergency scenarios.  In these situations, often “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and a SPECHO provides exactly that.


After completion of the course, the participants should be able

  • to perform a simple strategy for spot TTE examination
  • to quickly identify:
    • Moderate to severe left ventricular dysfunction
    • Severe right ventricular (RV) dysfunction or strain due to pulmonary hypertension
    • Severe hypotension
    • Pericardial effusion/tamponade
  • to understand the limitations of SPECHO
  • to provide a quick and concise report

Course content

This is a 4 hour course, where ~2 to 2.5 h are devoted to hands-on session.  A ~1 h session on cases studies presents the most common scenarios encountered in emergency situations.

Who should attend?

This course is mainly designed for professionals who are required to handle medical emergency situations quickly.  They may include, but not limited to,

  1. Paramedics (ambulance offices)
  2. Nurses
  3. Doctors who want to replace their stethoscopes with handheld devices in their daily practice.
  4. Medical students
  5. As the course mainly focuses on “pattern recognition”, professionals with little medical background, such as fire fighters and police, may also find the course useful.


We offer a morning (AM) and an afternoon (PM) session, and they cost the same.

Further information

Click here to download program and for further information.


  1. All fees and payments are in Australian dollars (AUD).
  2. There are limited places for medical students.  Medical students are entitled 15% off (you will need to show evidence, such as student ID card, on the day of the course).

Register Now:

Ticket Type: Ticket Qty: Per Ticket Price:
AM session - Early bird

before 24/09/2024

20 Left:
PM session - Early bird

before 24/09/2024

20 Left:
AM session - Med Student

Early bird

8 Left:
PM session - Med student

Early bird

8 Left:
Quantity: Total

Event FAQs

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.

Event Location:

Total Seats: 56 (56 Left:)
  • HK Adventist Hospital - Tsuen Wan
  • Tsuen King Circuit
  • Kowloon

Event Schedule Details

  • 24 November 2024 8:00 am
  • 24 November 2024 1:00 pm
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