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For anaesthetists starting cardiac fellow jobs or higher/advanced training posts, TOE can seem a daunting and off-putting obstacle. We will gather some important resources, papers and links, give an introduction to the different periop TOE accreditation exams and of course point you towards some great echo teaching.
TOE plays a vital role in Cardiac Surgery and we try to reflect that in our CAP meeting content.
We are pleased to announce that Bart's POM Consultant Dr Stephen Shepherd is very kindly offering free online access to his perioperative TOE teaching. These weekly sessions are delivered in person at Bart's Heart Centre but also online via Microsoft Teams. They are open to anyone with an interest in perioperative TOE.
They are fantastic for those starting out in TOE and also perfect for those revising for accreditation exams.
Please see below for the full programme which will be starting on 5th Sept 2023.
Each of Dr Shepherd's TOE teaching sessions is accredited for 0.5 RCoA CPD Points.
The MS Teams sessions on the dates shown below can be accessed at tinyurl.com/bartspomechoteaching or via the red button.
If you are joining the teaching sessions for the first time please email Dr Stephen Shepherd at email@example.com or say hello in the MS Teams chat (just so we can keep track of who is tuning in!)
Bart's Echo Reference Sheet
A handy, full-colour perioperative TOE reference guide
This guide, based on BSE guidelines, features reference values for assessment of valves, chambers, vessels and function.
Bart's TOE Report Pro Forma
This self-adhesive pro forma provides an outline for documentation of periop TOE reports here at Bart's and is self-adhesive to allow it to be attached to the anaesthetic record for later reference.
Following on from the excellent GE Healthcare 4D TOE workshop at ACTACC 2021 Glasgow, GE have kindly provided us with some 'How To' guides for developing and refining your 3D echo skills.
These can be used alongside the training videos located on GE's free to access training platform – www.vividechoclub.net.
Below we have collated some important TOE papers and guidelines which are freely available online.
We will continue to build on this collection, if there are any particular papers you feel belong here (maybe even authored by you!) please let us know at info@CardiothoracicAnaesthesia.com