ECHO-Guided Life Support

Using ultrasound to categorise shock and guide initial management

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Course overview

Price: $99USD

Discounts for nurses, paramedics, and physicians from middle-income countries (free in low-income countries)

Goals: The purpose of this activity is to provide learners with knowledge and competence in the use of ultrasound techniques in emergency situations.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Categorize undifferentiated shock via an algorithmic approach
  2. Identify pneumothorax and interstitial syndrome with lung ultrasound
  3. Identify the signs of obstructive shock (tamponade & PE)
  4. Qualitatively assess LV function
  5. Assess the IVC
  6. Assess volaemia and fluid responsiveness potential 

Target Audience: This internet-enduring material is designed for physicians, mid-level providers, and nurses practicing in the specialty of emergency medicine, critical care, and resuscitation.

This course is equal to 3 CE Contact Hours, 3 CPD Points, and 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


Additional CME Info

Release Date: November 1, 2020, Termination Date: October 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Needs Assessment: The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements: Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.

Duration 3.0 hour(s).

Course Lecturer

Max Valois and Jean-François Lanctôt
Co-directors and founders of the Echo-Guided Life Support Course

Max Valois and Jean-François Lanctôt are colleagues in the ED at Charles-LeMoyne Hospital, and in the ICU at Verdun Hospital in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Max is Adjunct Professor at McGill University and Université de Montréal, and Associate Professor at Université de Sherbrooke.

Jean-François is Adjunct Professor at McGill University, and Professor of Clinical Teaching at Université de Sherbrooke.


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Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a CME activity are expected to disclose to the audience any financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME accreditation requirements and policies, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The information received is as follows: Dr. Colgan, Dr. Lanctot, Dr. Valois, Ms. Walsh, and their related parties report no relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.  


Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.