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Critical Care

Course highlights

  • Multi-system scanning with clinical reasoning;
  • Shocked patient assessment;
  • Focused Lung ultrasound;
  • 2D Echo, measurements & doppler;
  • Fluid therapy decision making;


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This 4-day critical care ultrasound course is designed to help clinicians develop diagnostic skills in managing critically unwell patients in all settings.

This will cover RUSH, eFAST, AAA, DVT, FELS, Lung and 2D Echo including measurements. This course utilises multi-system scanning and clinical reasoning to help with diagnosis and augment clinical decision making. Extended echocardiography skills (colour flow imaging, Doppler studies, advanced haemodynamic calculations) will allow for more detailed point of care assessment to more accurately manage the critically unwell patient.

This is an intermediate level course and previous ultrasound experience is essential. This course gives you the opportunity for hands-on scanning and also discussion of cases to ensure confidence in applying these skills in clinical practice. This course is aimed at Emergency, ICU, Anaesthetics, Rural specialists and trainees who wish to further develop their ultrasound skills in critical care.

Small groups, high number of faculty and a large proportion of the course dedicated to actual scanning ensures real hands-on experience.

Topics covered include:

  • Ultrasound physics and equipment;
  • Shocked patient assessment (RUSH, eFAST, AAA, DVT, FELS & Lung);
  • Transthoracic echocardiographic views and imaging planes;
  • 2D Echo (LV, RV, Pericardium & fluid status)
  • Colour flow imaging and Doppler studies;
  • Fluid status, fluid responsiveness and fluid tolerance.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency Medicine Trainee
  • Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Emergency Medicine Consultant
  • Anaesthesia Trainee
  • Anaesthetist
  • Rural Generalist
  • Rural Medicine Trainee
  • Rural Medicine Physician
  • Critical Care Medical Officer
  • Intensive Care Trainee
  • Intensive Care Consultant
  • Intensive Care Physician


The objectives of this critical care course are:

  • Utilise multi-system scanning to diagnose and augment clinical decision making e.g. cause of shocked stage (cardiogenic, obstructive, distributive, hypovolemic).
  • Perform and interpret advanced critical care echo and utilise it in clinical practice including interpreting major abnormalities (ventricular function, valvular function, pericardial assessment).
  • Follow progress of patients and modify therapy based on ultrasound studies such as assess fluid status and fluid responsiveness.
  • Integrate ultrasound findings and answer clinical questions based on assessment.


The prior ultrasound experience assumed for this course is highlighted below.

None/Minimal Don’t use ultrasound
Limited Use ultrasound weekly/monthly
Moderate/Experienced Use ultrasound daily/weekly



CCPU units included in the course:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Proximal DVT
  • Extended Focused Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST)
  • Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (FELS)
  • Lung

Approved for Educational Activities 30.75 hours.

Theoretical 9.5
Practical 17.5
Total 27

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided each day.