The Jefferson Hemodynamic Transesophageal Echocardiography Conference

Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Department of Surgery Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital recently organized a Hemodynamic Transesophageal Echocardiography Conference for CME credit on Thursday, May 16th. The CME course gathered several leading surgeons and intensivists to discuss the specific applications of hTEE in the setting of traumatic and non-traumatic pericardial pathology, fluid management in the septic and TBI patients, and in specialty cardiac devices (LVAD and ECMO).

Dr. Niels Martin, a leading trauma surgeon from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, discussed the distinct advantages of hTEE in hemodynamic management. Other leading trauma surgeons share his view; in particular, PAC usage in the University of Alabama at Birmingham trauma program dropped significantly after Dr. Donald Reiff began using hTEE for hemodynamic management.The Department of Surgery Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital recently organized a Hemodynamic Transesophageal Echocardiography Conference for CME credit on Thursday, May 16th. The CME course gathered several leading surgeons and intensivists to discuss the specific applications of hTEE in the setting of traumatic and non-traumatic pericardial pathology, fluid management in the septic and TBI patients, and in specialty cardiac devices (LVAD and ECMO).

Dr. Matt DeCaro provided an introduction to monoplane imaging; Dr. Jackie Urtecho discussed hTEE in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit – where management to prevent and treat cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage has recently changed from "Triple H-therapy" (induced hypertension, hypervolemia, and hemodilution) to euvolemia; Dr. Hitoshi Hirose described the role of hTEE in the differential diagnosis of tamponade; and finally, Drs. Cavarocchi and Pitcher discussed the LV, RV, and general management issues.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will soon be offering downloadable information on this course.