4th Thoracic Ultrasound in the Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Patient

A new course: an essential step towards FAMUS (FAMUS Approved course) accreditation and a first step towards RCR L1 Thoracic US accreditation.

A practical course organised by Infomed Research & Training, on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2019, at the Holiday Inn Cambridge, Lakeview, Bridge Road, Cambridge CB24 9PH

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Course Director

Dr Pasupathy Sivasothy, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Visiting Faculty:

Prof Dr Daniel Lichtenstein

Medical Intensivist and Visiting Professor, University Hospital Ambroise-Paré, Paris
Daniel Lichtenstein is a medical intensivist, visiting Professor, since 1989 at François Jardin’s medical I.C.U. He defined in 1991 critical ultrasound, a whole-body approach to the critically ill, mainly focused around lung ultrasound with extensions to acute respiratory failure (the BLUE-protocol), circulatory failure (the FALLS-protocol), and interventional ultrasound (thoracocentesis, venous line insertions, …) using simple equipment and a unique probe. One textbook (last Edition, 2010, Springer), two dozens of original articles (critical, venous and lung ultrasound). President of CEURF (international training centre with personalized training at the bedside).

Course fee

£545 (inc. VAT)

Course fee includes web access to the latest Course data and presentations
submitted by the faculty, lunch and refreshments and attendance certificate.

Introduction to the course by Dr Pasupathy Sivasothy:

Target Audience

  • Respiratory and Chest Physicians
  • Acute Medicine and Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Anaesthetists and Intensivists
  • Also suitable for ACCS trainees
  • Numbers strictly limited

About the course

  • The course builds on the success of Infomed’s RCP-approved RCR Level 1 Thoracic Ultrasound course, which has been running since 2010, with excellent delegate feedback, and which is here augmented to cover all FAMUS curriculum (pdf) components, as well as basic Echo (fluid status).
    • Offers a foundation in the ultrasound skills needed in the assessment of the acutely unwell patient (no ultrasound knowledge or experience required): an essential step towards FAMUS accreditation, and a first step towards RCR Level 1 Thoracic Ultrasound accreditation. Gain the basic knowledge and skills that  will allow you to start supervised practice at work: setting up the scanner and maximising image  quality, basic scanning techniques, recognising normal anatomy and pathologies.
    • A practical course, designed to maximise opportunities for: hands-on learning, developing your interpretation skills and developing a systematic approach to ultrasound
      assessment (the BLUE protocol).
    • If you attended Infomed’s Thoracic Ultrasound course, and are looking for a refresher, or additional competencies, then you will find that this course is for you.
    • Delegates attend hands-on ultrasound skills stations, scanning on normal models, mannequins and patients under Faculty supervision, as well as iMac workstations for additional opportunities for pathology recognition and clinical case scenarios.
    • Pre-course online lectures, review lectures on the day, and skills stations under expert supervision.

Course programme

(Download and print)
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Pre-course learning materials

Lectures (videos and slides) are available online:

  • allowing delegates to view lectures at their leisure before the course (and revision after the course); and
  • allowing much more time for ‘hands-on’ learning and practice on the course days proper

Delegates are given password-protected access.

NB For those seeking FAMUS accreditation, the first steps are: (1) register with the FAMUS administrator; (2) identify a Supervisor to oversee your training; (3) complete the e-learning module covering basic theory, ICE-BLU online e-learning module; and (4) Enrol on a FAMUS approved course. See the FAMUS curriculum pack (pdf).

Please note that the online lectures are a requirement for the course and complement but do not replace the requirement to complete the ICE-BLU module. Most trainees will probably find the module a bit more challenging than the online lectures.

The online lectures

  • Physics of Ultrasound and Knobology (15 mins).
  • Ultrasound Anatomy (30 mins).
  • Training Pathways (10 mins).
  • Thoracic US (20 mins).
  • Abdo/Renal US (30 mins).
  • Cardiac US (20 mins).
  • DVT/Vascular Peripheral (20 mins).

The online lectures are required viewing before the course:

  • After booking, the participant will receive a link, username and password, allowing online access for up to six months after the course.
  • After viewing, the participant can obtain an Online Learning Certificate (3 hours).
  • On the course days proper, participants will have opportunities to ask questions during the Review sessions before each practical session.

The Course Faculty 2019 includes

  • Dr Martin Dachsel, Consultant in Acute Medicine, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
  • Dr Ramprasad Matsa, Consultant in Intensive Care and Acute Medicine, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • Dr Josip Stosic, Consultant in Critical Care and Acute Medicine, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Fiona Miller, Consultant Interventional Radiologist, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Dr Rajeev Madan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  • Ms Fiona Greenfield, Advanced Pleural Interventional Practitioner, Peterborough City Hospital
  • Dr Devesh Sharma, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Dr Antonios Liolios, Locum Consultant in Acute Care, Peterborough City Hospital