FoCUS Echocardiography
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FoCUS Echocardiography


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FoCUS Echocardiography

Basic level 1 Provider 


1-day Workshop on Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) that represents in-person component of WINFOCUS FoCUS© Course is based on WINFOCUS’ 15 years of teaching experience around the globe.

The FoCUS© course is specifically designed for critical care and emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, acute cardiac care clinicians, and healthcare providers in general, dealing with cardiovascular emergencies.

The course is targeted at those who are new to cardiac ultrasound, and covers the use of limited Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) in the setting of cardiac arrest, peri-resuscitation and shock, and as a screening tool for the unstable patient in the ICU or any emergency setting.

It might also be of interest to more experienced echocardiographers interested in making the ultrasound investigation of the critically ill patient more effective and ALS-compliant.

The course (formerly known as Winfocus Basic Echo, WBE) has reached its 140th edition since 2008, and has been delivered in more than 50 countries worldwide. Its educational content conforms to the proceedings of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Focused Cardiac UltraSound (Via G, Hussain A, et al. International Evidence-Based Recommendations for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound – J AM SOC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY 2014). As additional benefit, It prepares for WINFOCUS FoCUS© International Certification.

This brand new, up-to-date edition (2022) is based on a concept of evidence-based ultrasonography and a thorough description of the pathophysiology underpinning the taught sonographic signs and patterns. A clinical-sonographic integrated approach facilitates appropriate FoCUS implementation into real life clinical scenarios.

The new flipped classroom format entails an e-Course as pre-requisite to the workshop [see Demo Lecture at:].

Teaching Methodology

Based on the FEEL and FATE clinical-ultrasound protocols. Minimum theoretical exposures and subsequent practice tutoring in healthy models.

The course is held in two days and is divided into three parts: Oral Presentations, Interactive Discussion of real Clinical Cases and Hands-On Practice and Mentoring on healthy models.

The trainers are experts in point-of-care ultrasound and have an extensive experience in teaching. They provide participants with a remarkable amount of practical learnings, simulations and interactive cases.

Main Topics

  • Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in Critical Care: aims and place in echocardiography training
  • Views and Target of the FoCUS exam
  • FoCUS signs of Chronic Cardiac Disease
  • FoCUS signs of LV Systolic Dysfunction
  • FoCUS signs of RV Systolic Dysfunction
  • FoCUS signs of Severe Hypovolemia
  • FoCUS signs of Pericardial Effusion and Tamponade
  • FoCUS signs of obvious Valvular Pathology
  • Basic cardiac ultrasound Knobology
  • Focused cardiac Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest
  • Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in shock.
  • Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in respiratory failure.
  • Pitfalls and limitations of Focused Cardiac Ultrasound.

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