CCS/CSE/CANCARE Webinar – A NEW DAWN: The Rise of POCUS during the Pandemic and Beyond

Date and time: May 20th, 8 pm EST. 

Objectives: Upon completion of this Webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Summarize the value and indications for POCUS as the first-line imaging assessment of patients with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 infection. 
  2. Describe the application of POCUS during the pandemic in patients managed in a critical care and ward setting
  3. Understand new technologic approaches to incorporating POCUS into existing imaging workflow processes such as the echocardiography laboratory

Speakers: Amer Johri,Sharon Mulvagh, Philipe Rola,Irene Ma, Omid KiamaneshT

Annual Echo Weekend 2020 – Going Virtual

Given the current and rapidly evolving situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) is holding a virtual echo education meeting on Saturday, 30 May 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT.

CSE is 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 Canadas health workforce is paramount and a high priority for CSE. Thank you all for your continued support of the Annual Echo Weekend.

We have decided to waive the registration fee this year and will be providing this online education event for free. We have room for only 1000 participants. Please click the following link to review the program details below.

We have an overwhelming response to our program and we have reached the 1000 seat limit. We have a sold-out event. We will post the lecture videos to the CSE site in the future. Thank you for all your support.

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.