4th CACU: Course on Acute Care Ultrasound

4th CACU: Course on Acute Care Ultrasound

Full day modular point-of-care ultrasound course (Limited places during IFAD2017)

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Eventbrite - 4th CACU (Course on Acute Care Ultrasound)

Date: November 23rd, 2017

Location: Hilton Congress Centre, Business centre, Groenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium

Course Directors: Adrian Wong (Oxford, UK), Martin Balik (Prague, Czech Republic), Manu Malbrain (Antwerp, Belgium)

Faculty (alphabetical):

  • Martin Balik (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Paul Elbers (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Aidan Kingwill (Oxford, UK)
  • Daniel Lichtenstein (Paris, France)
  • Yazine Mahjoub (Amiens, France)
  • Xavier Monnet (Paris, France)
  • Segun Olunsanya (Basingstoke, North Hampshire, UK)
  • Jan Poelaert (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Jan Rulisek (Prague, Czechia)
  • Willem Stockman (Roeselare, Belgium)
  • Adrian Wong (Oxford, UK)

Hands-on instructors

  • Cosmin Balan (Bucharest, Romania)
  • Johan Berghmans (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Justin Kirk-Bailey (Guilford, UK)
  • Manu Malbrain (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Thierry Pirotte (Brussels, Belgium) – Vascular access
  • Daniel Reuter (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Mike Smet (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Philip Sepot (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Tamas Szakmany (Cardiff, UK)
  • Evert Verhoeven (Brussels, Belgium)


Duration: modular programme, 1 day or 2 modules, choice out of 4 modules (2 beginners and 2 advanced)

Pax: 40 pp (beginners) + 40 pp (advanced)

Price: 250 EUR per module, 25% reduction for full-day program (2 modules) – can also be combined with other workshops

Comments: This workshop can only be booked when attending the IFAD2017 meeting on Nov 24-25, 2017, at Hilton Congress Centre, Groenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium

Description: Innovative modular cross-over programme to meet the needs of beginners and advanced practitioners. The CACU-modules 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. Cross-over between morning and afternoon modules is possible.

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



The full CACU program is available online. Please check the website regularly for updates.

9:00-13:00 Room 1 (Basic) Room 2 (Advanced)
MODULE 1: Heart and Vessels MODULE 3: In Depth Analysis of the Heart
Chair: Adrian Wong, Segun Olusanya Chair: Martin Balik, Jan Rulisek
14:00-18:00 Room 1 (Basic) Room 2 (Advanced)
MODULE 2: From Head till Toe MODULE 4: Fluid Responsiveness and Beyond
Chair: Adrian Wong, Segun Olusanya Chair: Martin Balik, Jan Rulisek

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

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