HeartWorks powers first Resuscitative TEE Project workshop
MedaPhor’s HeartWorks simulators have powered the first Resuscitative TEE Project (#RESTEE) workshop at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. It is believed that this is the first practical course of its kind dedicated solely to the practice of resuscitative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the United States.
The Project was the brain-child of Dr. Felipe Teran-Merino MD, from the Division of Emergency Ultrasound & Center for Resuscitation Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania who, together with a multidisciplinary group, wanted to create a focused education outlet for doctors looking to learn this increasingly important bedside ultrasound skill. He explained, “Where TTE (transthoracic echocardiography) falls short, TEE can be used to reliably obtain high-quality images and provide the information needed to guide decision making at the point-of-care during resuscitation for critically ill patients. Despite growing interest among emergency physicians and intensivists, a significant barrier has been access to training that is tailored to the practice of resuscitative TEE. That is why we started this project.”
Dr. Teran led the 1-day workshop using four HeartWorks TEE simulators to train over 20 participating emergency physicians and intensivists in TEE probe handling and image acquisition and interpretation skills. He concluded, “We want to thank MedaPhor for providing us with the HeartWorks simulators and supporting our workshop, which was a great success. The detailed realism of the animated heart and the way it enables doctors to understand the relationship between the physical heart and the associated ultrasound views proved to be a key learning tool. We look forward to working together on the next workshop.”
HeartWorks supported a second workshop during WINFOCUS World Congress in Madrid, with the next scheduled for August.