On completion of this one-day clinically focused ultrasound program, emergency physicians will:

  • Use ultrasound system controls to optimise imaging for accurate diagnosis
  • Develop proficiency in probe manipulation to efficiently acquire diagnostic images
  • Describe the limitations and clinical integration of the basic echo in life support examination
  • Use a systematic approach to conduct cardiac ultrasound assessment of a shocked or arrested patient
  • Use ultrasound to assess the patient’s fluid status


CME recognition 




  • Modules (total) 3
  • Skill level Novice
  • Duration (days) 1
  • Lectures (hours) 2
  • Scan time (hours) 4.25
  • Clinician Yes
  • Zedu redo Yes

Class times

Day 1: 0830 – 1700



Image optimisation – interactive practical session

  • Explore system controls
  • Understand the impact of optimisation on the image
  • Presets, frequency, depth, focus and gain
  • How to label the image
  • How to store and review images


Probe Manipulation

  • Probe care
  • Probe moves
  • Probe grip
  • Probe and screen orientation
  • 3D awareness of the anatomical position of the organs


Basic Echo in Life Support

  • anatomy of the heart in 3D – an interactive practical
  • the 4 basic sonographic views of the heart
  • LV and RV function
  • Tamponade and PE
  • Sepsis and hypovolaemia
  • Volume status
  • Limitations and pitfalls
  • Techniques to improve imaging
  • The role of cardiac ultrasound in advanced life support
  • Clinical utility and application
  • Case vignettes

Scanning, scanning and more scanning of real people


CME details

ACEM | This workshop meets ACEM ultrasound guidelines and policies for ECHO. Approved for 8.25 ACEM CPD hours.

ANZCA | Participants in the ANZCA CPD program can claim attendance under the Knowledge and Skills category ‘Learning sessions’ at 1 credit per hour for the lectures/presentations. Hands on workshops may be claimed under the Knowledge and skills category ‘Short format learning’ at 2 credits per hour.

ASUM | CCPU Units – Basic Echocardiography in Life Support

CICM | This activity has CICM CPD Accreditation for Category 2B: Active of Interactive Small Group Learning – 2 points per hour | Category 3B: Quality Assurance and Patient Safety Activities – 3 points per hour.

A great training course is only the beginning of your ultrasound learning journey

To help you master ultrasound and lasting change from training we engage you from the outset

Before your course:
There are pre course activities & access to preparatory learning resources to maximise your in-class experience

During your course:

  • Short, sharp information sessions to provide foundational knowledge and clinical context
  • Lots of hands-on practical sessions with real people to scan (including for TV and obstetric scans). Our standardised patients models vary in age, size, shape and mobility to make the transition to clinical reality easier.
  • Case studies led by practising clinicians to demonstrate clinical utility
  • A variety of different machines to learn on
  • At the conclusion of your course we’ll lead you to create a skills development action plan, creating a pathway that you can use to apply your newly acquired skills, promote clinical integration and ultimately reach your final objective – ultrasound competency

After your course:
The learning continues

  • We encourage self-directed learning in the workplace with structured active learning plans
  • A great selection of free access online medical ultrasound (FoamUS) learning resources
  • You can subscribe to the weekly wrap – a weekly curation of ultrasound related hot tips and journal articles
  • Be a part of our community of clever – Join our peer support network with our monthly “Coaching Corner” sessions. Send in your questions, join the live online meeting and have your questions answered.

The Zedu Redo – our commitment to you

We encourage you to refresh your training with us by taking up the opportunity to return within 12 months and do a complimentary redo of this course at no cost (subject to availability)

More Ways Zedu Can support your ultrasound skills development:

  • Image review – details here
  • Follow-up coaching with our Zedu coaches
  • Coaching corner – monthly webinar

Basic Echo in Life Support


At the completion of this course you will have developed a systematic approach to conduct cardiac ultrasound assessment of a shocked or arrested patient, and the ability to use ultrasound to assess the patient’s fluid status.

Select your date and enter your details to start your journey with us – we can’t wait to meet you.


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