Emergency physicians, who had been trained to use focused echo in 50 advanced life support (ALS) scenarios, have been shown to gain adequate views in 94% of cases. Most importantly 90% gained these within the 10 second pulse check window.

The College of Emergency Medicine takes the view that theoretical training is essential (eg this e-learning session), and following this, practical workplace training should take place, followed by a workplace based assessment (“Triggered Assessment”). Absolute numbers of scans are not considered important, but rather the demonstration of appropriate skills.

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The majority of EP’s gain an informative cardiac view within the 10 second pulse check window