On Saturday, March 9th, 2013, the Anesthesiology Department at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted the first Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) official course in North America partnered with USabcd.org (Ultrasound Airway Breathing Circulation and Dolor). This course was presented under the direct leadership of FATE-protocol originator Professor Erik Sloth MD, PhD and was a one-day hands-on training course for physicians interested in learning point-of-care echocardiography. The participants, 20 HSS Attending Anesthesiologists, completed an online elearning course via USabcd.org, prior to spending a day of hands-on-training where they learned to perform a focused cardiac echo exam to supplement standard clinical evaluation and to help guide cardiopulmonary optimization.
The FATE exam has been practiced since 1989 and has been taught via training courses since 1996. Initially established in Denmark, the FATE-protocol training course via USabcd.org has expanded dramatically establishing a strong international presence in Europe (UK, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, The Netherlands and Croatia) as well as in South Africa, India and now the United States. The USabcd.org course has also been endorsed by the British Intensive Care Society (ICS) in 2012 to fulfill the standard requirement for proficiency in focused echocardiography in the UK.
Stephen Haskins, MD, a 2012-2013 Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellow at HSS, helped to coordinate and teach the March course at HSS. He subsequently traveled to Denmark in order to obtain further training as well as become designated as the first clinical instructor of the USabcd.org FATE course in the United States. Dr. Haskins presented another course at HSS this July for additional members of the Attending Staff, and for the Graduating Anesthesiology Fellows. Dr. Haskins is planning, in conjunction with Professor Erik Sloth, to hold a large scale FATE course at HSS in January 2014. Dr. Haskins will be starting as an Attending at HSS in the fall.
In order to obtain more information about the FATE protocol please visit (www.fate-protocol.com/) and in order to learn about and sign up for FATE courses, please visit the course website (www.USabcd.org).