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Closing the gap: creating a focused transthoracic echocardiography training currciculum

 

 

By Christan Santos, Ami Grek, Diane McLaughlin & Dr Jose L. Diaz-Gomez


In the United States, ultrasound examinations can be carried out by non-medically qualified personnel such as nurse practitioners and physisican assistants, collectively known
as Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).

This article summarizes a recently published study describing a training curriculum on Focussed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FoTE) and created for critical care APPs. It is shown that, with training, APP’s can successfully achieve echocardiogram images equivalent to their physician counterparts.


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