Utilization of a Transthoracic Echocardiogram or TTE is imperative for a patient who lacks current cardiac information and presents with a questionable hemodynamic status. The TTE offers real-time information on the cardiac function that will alter the anesthetic plan. If the provider finds that the patient is currently hemodynamically compromised, the option to cancel surgery should be considered depending on the urgency, necessity, and available resources from the facility.
Target audience: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs), Anesthesiologists, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and members of the healthcare team.
The understanding of cardiac functions as well as the basic understanding of how an ultrasound probe works is a prerequisite for this course.