The new/undiagnosed murmur
This session will cover the basic assessment of a patient with a murmur of unkown aetiology using point of care ultrasound. The focus will be on providing a framework to enable the clinician to identify or rule out significant pathology to guide immediate or further management. The speaker will use case based scenarios to guide delegates through the use of focused echo identify sonographic features of possible differential diagnoses. This will be done using a simple and easy to remember scanning routine, building knowledge with each repetition. The emphasis will be on using 2D b-mode imaging, but with the opportunity to use colour flow doppler, depending on the knowledge and experience of the learners.
By the end of the session delegates should feel confident in describing the use of focused point of care ultrasound to:
- Make a basic assessment of overall ventricular function
- Assess the morphology of the mitral and aortic valves for any obvious sclerosis, stenosis and/or regurgitant pathology