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American College of Chest Physicians/La Société de Réanimation de Langue Française Statement on Competence in Critical Care Ultrasonography

Paul H. Mayo, MD; Yannick Beaulieu, MD; Peter Doelken, MD; David Feller-Kopman, MD; Christopher Harrod, MS; Adolfo Kaplan, MD; John Oropello, MD; Antoine Vieillard-Baron, MD; Olivier Axler, MD; Daniel Lichtenstein, MD; Eric Maury, MD; Michel Slama, MD; Philippe Vignon, MD
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*From the Department of Medicine (Dr. Mayo), Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY; Hôpital Sacré-Coeur de Montréal (Dr. Beaulieu), Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, QC, Canada; the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine (Dr. Doelken), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC; the Department of Interventional Pulmonology (Dr. Feller-Kopman), Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; the American College of Chest Physicians (Mr. Harrod), Northbrook, IL; Pulmonary and Sleep Center (Dr. Kaplan), Weslaco, TX; the Department of Surgery (Dr. Oropello), Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY; Service de Réanimation Médicale (Drs. Vieillard-Baron and Lichtenstein), Hôpital Ambroise Paré, Boulogne, France; Service de Cardiologie (Dr. Axler), Centre Hospitalier Territorial Gaston Bourret, Noumea, France; Service de Réanimation Médicale (Dr. Maury), Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris Cedex, France; Unité de Réanimation Médicale (Dr. Slama), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale ERI 12, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Amiens, Amiens, France; and Service de Réanimation Polyvalente (Dr. Vignon), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale 0801, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Dupuytren, Limoges, France.

Correspondence to: Paul H. Mayo, MD, 410 Lakeville Rd, Suite 107, New Hyde Park, NY 11140; e-mail: mayosono@gmail.com


The authors have reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2009;135(4):1050-1060. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2305
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Objective:  To define competence in critical care ultrasonography (CCUS).

Design:  The statement is sponsored by the Critical Care NetWork of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) in partnership with La Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF). The ACCP and the SRLF selected a panel of experts to review the field of CCUS and to develop a consensus statement on competence in CCUS.

Results:  CCUS may be divided into general CCUS (thoracic, abdominal, and vascular), and echocardiography (basic and advanced). For each component part, the panel defined the specific skills that the intensivist should have to be competent in that aspect of CCUS.

Conclusion:  In defining a reasonable minimum standard for CCUS, the statement serves as a guide for the intensivist to follow in achieving proficiency in the field.


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