Thoracic ultrasound recognition of competence: a position paper of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Williamson, Jonathan P., Twaddell, Scott H., Lee, Y. C. Gary, Salamonsen, Matthew, Hew, Mark, Fielding, David, Nguyen, Phan, Steinfort, Daniel, Hopkins, Peter, Smith, Nicola and Grainge, Christopher (2017) Thoracic ultrasound recognition of competence: a position paper of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Respirology, 22 2: 405-408. doi:10.1111/resp.12977


Author Williamson, Jonathan P.
Twaddell, Scott H.
Lee, Y. C. Gary
Salamonsen, Matthew
Hew, Mark
Fielding, David
Nguyen, Phan
Steinfort, Daniel
Hopkins, Peter
Smith, Nicola
Grainge, Christopher
Title Thoracic ultrasound recognition of competence: a position paper of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
Journal name Respirology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1843
1323-7799
Publication date 2017-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/resp.12977
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 405
End page 408
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 2740 Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
Abstract The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course. (ii) A log of at least 40 relevant scans. (iii) Two formative assessments (following 5–10 scans and again after 20 scans) using the Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis Skills and Tasks Assessment Tool (UG-STAT). (iv) A barrier assessment (UG-STAT, pass score of 90%) by an accredited assessor not directly involved in the candidate's training. Upon completion of these requirements a candidate may apply to the TSANZ for recognition of competence. This pathway is intended to provide a regional standard for thoracic ultrasound training.
Keyword Assessment
Competence
Education
Pleural disease
Ultrasound
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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