Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2023, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (2): 125-129.doi: 10.24920/004174

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Self-Appraisal of Clinical Competence in Echocardiography of Chinese Intensivists Post Basic Echocardiography Training

Wei He1, Xue-Ying Zeng2, Hong-Min Zhang3, *(), Xiao-Ting Wang3, Yan-Gong Chao4, Critical Care Ultrasound Study Group   

  1. 1Department of Critical Care Medicine, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100730, China
    2Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, West China School of Public Health & West China Fourth Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
    3Department of Critical Care Medicine, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China
    4Department of Critical Care Medicine, First Hospital of Tsinghua University, Beijing 100016, China
  • Received:2022-10-01 Accepted:2023-02-14 Published:2023-06-30 Online:2023-03-09
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Objectives To learn the echocardiography skills of intensivists after receiving a basic critical care echocardiography training course, and investigate factors that may influence their performance.

Methods We completed a web-based questionnaire that assessed the skills in ultrasound scanning techniques of intensivists who took a training course on basic critical care echocardiography held in 2019 and 2020. Mann-Whitney test was used to analyze the factors which might affect their performance on image acquisition, recognizing clinical syndrome, and measuring the diameter of inferior vena cava, left ventricular ejection fraction and left ventricular outflow tract velocity-time integral.

Results We enrolled 554 physicians from 412 intensive care units across China. Among them, 185 (33.4%) reported that they had 10%-30% chance of being misled by critical care echocardiography when making therapeutic decision, and 34 (6.1%) reported that the chance was greater than 30%. Intensivists who performed echocardiography under the guidance of a mentor and finished ultrasound scanning more than 10 times per week reported significant higher scores in image acquisition, clinical syndrome recognition, and quantitative measurement of inferior vena cava diameter, left ventricular ejection fraction and left ventricular outflow tract velocity-time integral than those without mentor and performing echocardiography 10 times or less per week respectively (all P < 0.05).

Conclusion The skills in diagnostic medical echocardiography of Chinese intensivists after a basic echocardiographic training course remain low, and further quality assurance training program is clearly warranted.

Key words: physician, critical care, echocardiography, training

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