American College of Chest Physicians/La Société de Réanimation de Langue Française statement on competence in critical care ultrasonography

Paul H Mayo, Yannick Beaulieu, Peter Doelken, David Feller-Kopman, Christopher Harrod, Adolfo Kaplan, John Oropello, Antoine Vieillard-Baron, Olivier Axler, Daniel Lichtenstein, Eric Maury, Michel Slama, Philippe Vignon
Chest 2009, 135 (4): 1050-1060

OBJECTIVE: To define competence in critical care ultrasonography (CCUS).

DESIGN: The statement is sponsored by the Critical Care NetWork of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) in partnership with La Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF). The ACCP and the SRLF selected a panel of experts to review the field of CCUS and to develop a consensus statement on competence in CCUS.

RESULTS: CCUS may be divided into general CCUS (thoracic, abdominal, and vascular), and echocardiography (basic and advanced). For each component part, the panel defined the specific skills that the intensivist should have to be competent in that aspect of CCUS.

CONCLUSION: In defining a reasonable minimum standard for CCUS, the statement serves as a guide for the intensivist to follow in achieving proficiency in the field.

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