Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training Among Intensivists in Singapore: A Multicentre Survey

Yie Hui Lau, Chee Hong Loh, Wee Kim Fong, Shahla Siddiqui, Chee Keat Tan, Jonathan Je Tan, Kay Choong See
Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2020, 49 (9): 630-642

INTRODUCTION: Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has become essential in the management of critically ill patients. Multiple POCUS training courses exist, but are not widely adopted in Singapore. Given the discordance between training supply and demand, we aimed to uncover the learning needs and barriers among intensive care medicine (ICM) doctors locally.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: An anonymous online survey was carried out from January to April 2019 among ICM doctors from 6 major teaching hospitals in Singapore.

RESULTS: 66 out of 160 ICM specialists and trainees responded (41.3%). Although only 6% of respondents had current formal POCUS accreditation, the majority were already using critical care echocardiography (CCE) and pleural/ lung ultrasound. 93% supported having a local training programme. More than 50% of trainees wanted training in CCE, diaphragm/muscle ultrasound, airway ultrasound and ultrasound for neurological disease. More than 50% of specialists wanted training in diaphragm/muscle ultrasound, with mixed interests in other topics. The top 2 obstacles hindering POCUS training were lack of supervisors and locally based programmes.

CONCLUSIONS: ICM doctors who responded were supportive of a local POCUS training programme. The programme's curriculum should address the learning needs of the majority of learners, with diaphragm/muscle ultrasound being the top unmet need. The programme would need to develop supervisors and be as affordable as possible.

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