Is 1 Day of Focused Training in Echocardiographic Assessment Using Subxiphoid-Only (EASy) Examination Enough? A Tertiary Hospital Response to the COVID-19 Crisis and the Use of the EASy Examination to Support Unit-Wide Image Acquisition

Nibras F. Bughrara, Maegan R. Neilson, Stephanie Jones, Lorna Workman, Amit Chopra, Aliaksei Pustavoitau

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We assessed the efficacy of 1-day training in echocardiography assessment using subxiphoid-only (EASy) followed by supervised image interpretation and decision-making during patient rounds as a novel approach to scaling up the use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in critically ill patients. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of medical records and EASy examination images. SETTING: Tertiary care academic hospital. PATIENTS: A total of 14 adults (> 18 yr old) with COVID-19-associated respiratory failure under the care of Albany Medical Center's surge response team from April 6-17, 2020 who received at least one EASy examination. INTERVENTIONS: Residents (previously novice sonographers) were trained in EASy examination using 1 day of didactic and hands-on training, followed by independent image acquisition and supervised image interpretation, identification of hemodynamic patterns, and clinical decision-making facilitated by an echocardiography-certified physician during daily rounds. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We recorded the quality of resident-obtained EASy images, scanning time, and frequency with which the supervising physician had to repeat the examination or obtain additional images. A total of 63 EASy examinations were performed; average scanning time was 4.3 minutes. Resident-obtained images were sufficient for clinical decision-making on 55 occasions (87%), in the remaining 8 (13%) the supervising physician obtained further images. CONCLUSIONS: EASy examination is an efficient, valuable tool under conditions of scarce resources. The educational model of 1-day training followed by supervised image interpretation and decision-making allows rapid expansion of the pool of sonographers and implementation of bedside echocardiography into routine ICU patient management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1038
JournalCritical Care Explorations
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 26 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Is 1 Day of Focused Training in Echocardiographic Assessment Using Subxiphoid-Only (EASy) Examination Enough? A Tertiary Hospital Response to the COVID-19 Crisis and the Use of the EASy Examination to Support Unit-Wide Image Acquisition'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this