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Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 Mar;21(1):81-94. doi: 10.1177/1089253216655874. Epub 2016 Aug 1.

Role of Simulation in Perioperative Echocardiography Training.

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1 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Abstract

Echocardiography plays a major role in the diagnosis and management of hemodynamic compromise during the perioperative period. Both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography have been shown to improve outcomes after cardiac and noncardiac surgery. Teaching basic echocardiographic skills to perioperative physicians remains a challenging task. Thus far, simulation-based medical education has been proven useful in teaching specific procedural skills and management of infrequent catastrophic events. Simulation-based echocardiography education has the potential to facilitate clinical training in echocardiography. Several small studies have shown the benefits of echocardiographic simulation on developing psychomotor and cognitive echocardiography skills. Future research should focus on the impact of simulation on actual clinical echocardiographic performance in the operating room and ultimately, patient outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

echocardiography; education; simulation; training

PMID:
27381621
DOI:
10.1177/1089253216655874
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