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Handheld echocardiography – core skill for emergency physicians or another expensive course?
  1. Dan Ellis
  1. Spr in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care
  1. Correspondence to:
 D Ellis
 Intensive Care Department, St Georges Hospital, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, SW17 0QT; danellis{at}doctors.org.uk

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At the end of last year, I attended a course entitled Hand Held Echo for Critical Care, which was organised by Houman Ashrafian and Richard Bogle at Ealing Hospital. As a trainee in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care I felt there was a good chance that I would pick up something useful for one or other of my chosen specialties. In fact, the course was hugely rewarding and in my mind I felt the concept of handheld echo within emergency medicine had jumped from a novelty to an essential requirement.

The success of this course (places are now booked up well in advance) …

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