The Heart in FoCUS: The Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Exam for the Non-Cardiac Anesthetists

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Class A Credits: 1.00

Format: Video

Course Launch Date: 6/3/21

Course Expires: 6/2/24

The success or failure of an ultrasound-guided anesthesia procedure largely depends on the provider’s ability to obtain and accurately interpret what is displayed on the screen. A basic understanding of ultrasound principles and sound-tissue interaction is essential in understanding how an image is created. Identifying key anatomic structures is the first step in determining normal cardiac function. Clinically-based scenarios are used to demonstrate the practical application of the FoCUS exam.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.


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A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Review the techniques for acquiring the four basic cardiac windows Parasagittal longaxis Subcostal and Apical fourchamber.
  • Identify appropriate anatomic structures and function in each window Left ventricle Righ ventricle Ventricular septum Righ atrium Left atrium Aortic valve Mitral valve and Tricuspid valve.

Christian R. Falyar, DNAP, CRNA

Assistant Program Director, Duke University

Christian Falyer, DNAP, CRNA is an assistant professor in the Duke University Nurse Anesthesia program. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the AANA and Middle Tennessee School of Nurse Anesthesia’s acute pain fellowship. Dr. Falyar has taught ultrasound-based education for nearly twenty years dating back to his research in transcranial Doppler sonography in the late 1990’s. He is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented numerous lectures at the local, state and national level on ultrasound-guided anesthesia procedures.


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