Echocardiography Simulation – A Powerful Educational Tool
Physician use of echocardiography in intensive care, anesthesiology, acute and emergency medicine is becoming more widespread and is recognized to be one of the key development areas for the upcoming generation of clinicians. In addition to point of care diagnosis, echocardiography can guide interventions and is complementary to many of the existing forms of monitoring. More affordable, compact and portable echocardiography machines with good quality transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal (TEE) probes are now available.
Many of the technological barriers to adoption have therefore been lifted; however the problem of physician education remains an issue. Echocardiography is a technical skill with a significant knowledge base. For an individual to gain competence even in basic focused echocardiography will take six months.