5th CACU: Course on Acute Care Ultrasound

5th CACU: Course on Acute Care Ultrasound

Full day modular point-of-care ultrasound course (Limited places during IFAD2018)

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Date: November 24th, 2018

Location: VU Medical Centre Amsterdam, The Nedtherlands

Course Director: Adrian Wong (Oxford, UK)

Faculty (alphabetical):

  • Adrian Wong (confirmed)
  • Olusegun Olusanya (confirmed)
  • Pieter Tuinman (confirmed)
  • Jan Poelaert (confirmed)
  • Jonny Wilkinson (confirmed, AM only)
  • Daniel Lichtenstein (confirmed)


Duration: Full day programme, in line with FICE, CUSIC, ICARUS standards

Pax: 24 pp

Price: 300 EUR per day

Comments: This workshop can only be booked when attending the IFAD2018 meeting on Nov 23, 2018, at Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Registration: only as add-on after IFAD2018 symposium https://www.fluidacademy.org/ifad-2018/registration-ifad2018.html

Description: Innovative programme to meet the needs of beginners and advanced practitioners. The CACU offer a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet expert sonographers in a small interactive group. You will have a true VIP experience on the front seat where you will be able to improve your skills during the hands-on sessions and to test your knowledge during the interactive cases with voting. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Background: Point-of-care ultrasound has become increasingly integrated into the practice of intensive care across with several accreditation programmes being developed by leading professional organisation and societies (ICS UK, CUSIC, SCCM, ESICM courses, Dutch ICS, ICARUS, WinFocus, HandsOnEcho and CACU in Belgium etc). This course incorporates aspects of all these programmes into a one-day innovative, modular course.

Learning objective:

  • Gain a foundation in the ultrasound skills needed for Intensive Care
  • Interact with expert colleagues in the spirit of collaboration and shared learning
  • Lectures and practical experience in:
    • Transthoracic echocardiography and FATE
    • Lung US and BLUE
    • Abdominal US and FAST
    • Vascular US 
  • Ultrasound in shock and as a guide to fluid resuscitation and SESAME
  • Hands-on sessions with phantoms for vascular access and transesophageal echocardiography (advanced)
  • Interactive cases and voting



CACU programme v3.1

Course Details:

Delegates – maximum 3 per group. Therefore maximum number of delegates = 3 * 8 = 24

Practical stations – 3 * 20 minutes rotation handson + 20 minutes (interactive session)
Total scan time – 3hr 40 mins
Speakers and Hands-on instructors TBC

Lectures: 8 lectures

Practical Session 1 (80 minutes)
6 cardiac ultrasound stations
1 interactive sessions (2 groups combined)
20 minutes each rotation (4 rotations)

Practical Session 2 (80 minutes)
6 lung ultrasound stations
1 interactive sessions (2 groups combined)
20 minutes each rotation (4 rotations)

Practical Session 3 (60 minutes)
Learner specific – will have options to choose 3
• TOE (1 station)
• Phantoms for vascular (2 stations)
• Abdominal (2 stations)
• Lung/Echo (3 stations)

Suggested reading:

  • Vermeiren GL, Malbrain ML, Walpot JM. Cardiac Ultrasonography in the critical care setting: a practical approach to asses cardiac function and preload for the "non-cardiologist". Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther. 2015;47 Spec No:s89-104. DOI:10.5603/AIT.a2015.0074. PMID: 26588484
  • Lichtenstein D, Malbrain ML. Critical care ultrasound in cardiac arrest. Technological requirements for performing the SESAME-protocol--a holistic approach. Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther. 2015;47(5):471-81. DOI:10.5603/AIT.a2015.0072. PMID: 26578398
  • Lichtenstein D, van Hooland S, Elbers P, Malbrain ML. Ten good reasons to practice ultrasound in critical care. Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther. 2014 Nov-Dec;46(5):323-35. doi: 10.5603/AIT.2014.0056. PMID: 25432552
  • International expert statement on training standards for critical care ultrasonography Expert Round Table on Ultrasound in ICU. Intensive Care Med. 2011 Jul;37(7):1077-83.  DOI:10.1007/s00134-011-2246-9
  • International consensus statement on training standards for advanced critical care echocardiography - DOI:10.1007/s00134-014-3228-5
  • Bedside Ultrasound iBook by @ultrasoundpod - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/introduction-to-bedside-ultrasound/id554196012

Support for Hands-On sessions

The Hands-On sessions are made available by unretsricted educational support by



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