Practice of Echocardiography During the COVID 19 Pandemic: Guidance from the Canadian Society of Echocardiography

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis and as such poses significant risk to our community and its health care providers. Echocardiography remains a critically important cardiac imaging modality that cardiac specialists use to assess and help manage patients with cardiovascular diseases. These will include patients infected with COVID-19 who may present due to several factors: 1) patients with COVID-19 may have similar symptoms to cardiac patients (dyspnea, chest discomfort), 2) COVID-19 can result in cardiovascular manifestations including myocardial injury, myocarditis and/or cardiomyopathy and 3) pre-existing cardiovascular disease is common in COVID-19 patients and is associated with worse outcomes. Our practice entails close contact with our patients during scanning, and as such our practitioners are at high risk for infection particularly when caring for patients confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. In the current context of confirmed community spread, increased vigilance is necessary through escalating precautions. Echocardiography labs must be prepared to adjust their practices to best serve their patients and aid in the management of COVID-19 patients, while doing their best to protect their staff and keep their community safe during this pandemic. 

The following guidance and recommendations reflect input from the Board of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) and key opinion leaders from the echocardiography community across Canada. We recognize that recommendations may change as the situation evolves and evidence accumulates to better inform our practice. 

To access the English version, please link below …

ASE “COVID-19 Preparedness for Echo Labs: Insights from the Frontlines.”

ASE webinar: “COVID-19 Preparedness for Echo Labs: Insights from the Frontlines.” took place last Thursday, 19 March 2020.

It contains useful info on COVID 19 itself, Iranian experience on COVID-19, and how echo labs and sonographers should prepare and handle COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients. 

ASE has agreed for CSE to post the webinar recording. Feel free to share the recording with your colleagues. In addition, there is an ASE FAQ resource on COVID-19 Resource web page.

Cancellation of Annual CSE 2020 Education Weekend

Dear CSE Members and CSE Meeting Attendees,

Given the current and rapidly evolving situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) has made the necessary decision to cancel the in-person conference scheduled for April 23-25 in Toronto and instead hold the meeting virtually on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will share the revised agenda as soon as available. 

Registration Refunds
The CSE will fully refund any registration fees paid in the coming days.

Annual Echo Weekend 2020 – Going Virtual
We are excited to be able to bring you the Annual Echo Weekend virtually and we are confident that this accredited online alternative will meet your learning needs and we look forward to welcoming you online.   The safety of CSE delegates and Canada’s health workforce is paramount and a high priority for CSE.  Thank you all for your continued support of the Annual Echo Weekend.

The proposed date will be Sat, 30 May 2020. It will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Stay tuned. It will be free. CSE members and partners will be able to obtain echo specific credits. Registration will open soon.

Warm regards,

Howard Leong-Poi, MD, FASE, FCCS

Registration for 2020 Annual CSE Education Weekend is now open!

www.csecho.ca/csemeeting/

22nd Annual Canadian Society of Echocardiography Weekend will be held from 23 to 25 April 2020 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Once again, we have striven to develop an exciting and cutting-edge educational program for you based on your feedback. Our planned program is rich in education, with many opportunities for you to interact with colleagues, friends, and experts from across Canada, as well as our industry partners.

The Annual Canadian Echo Weekend is designed around your needs and requests over the past twenty meetings. This year we will be discussing the core topic of the cardiac chamber and valve assessment, and have built-in a special session on the pitfalls in echocardiography (and how to overcome then). We will cover the multimodality imaging of cardiomyopathies in our Thursday evening symposium. Our popular ticketed POCUS hands-on session and computer-based workshop sessions (on 3D echo and 2D strain) are back, led by Canadian leaders in the field. Our live-scanning workshops will include a Sonographer run workshop on the comprehensive (and accredited) transthoracic echocardiogram and on the Cardio-Oncology scan. On Saturday, April 25, we are highlighting the role of echocardiography in Critical Care, collaborating with the Canadian Critical Care Ultrasound Consortium. We hope that all topics will enhance your diagnostic capabilities and improve patient care.

To register, please visit our meeting site …

www.csecho.ca/csemeeting/

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Call for Abstracts – Original research work OR clinical case

On behalf of the Young Echocardiographers of Canada (YEC) and Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE),  we are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for presentation at the 22nd Annual CSE Echo Weekend (April 23-25, 2020) in Toronto, ON. Only trainees and faculty members within 1 year of completion of training may apply. The submission may be original research OR a clinical case. All accepted abstracts will be awarded complimentary registration ($249 value) and an opportunity to win a $500 presentation prize. 

Please forward this message to your trainees and encourage them to apply! Details for the submission process are attached. 

Please email submission to submission.csecho@gmail.com

For the submission guidelines and details please click on the following link …

30th ASE Echo Hawaii Couse filling up fast …

ASE’s 30th Annual Echo Hawaii course is filling up fast! Make sure you register by December 20 to save $100. Learn more heredownload the Advance Program, and register today.

Course Highlights

  • Expert U.S. and international faculty
  • Advanced echo techniques for quantitative assessment of systolic and diastolic function
  • Echocardiography for decision-making and interventional guidance in valvular heart disease
  • Contrast for improved echo quality: endocardial border detection and beyond
  • How to integrate new echo technology (3D/4D, strain, torsion) into a busy clinical lab
  • The role of echocardiography in managing cardiomyopathies
  • The multimodality imaging lab: What is the role of echo?

A great way to escape the Canadian deep winter! CSE faculty members also will be presenting at this meeting as well.