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Practical pleural skills

Organisers : Najib Rahman

This skills-based course will provide participants with an opportunity to practise hands-on skills in different pleural techniques. During the course different aspects of thoracic imaging (chest x-ray, CT and ultrasound) will be addressed including the theory, evidence, technique, normal and abnormal appearances (with hands-on sessions) and application in clinical practice.

The technique and management of procedures such as pleurodesis and the placement of indwelling pleural catheters will be presented and discussed. Advice on technique and management will be provided on how to successfully perform thoracoscopy. The maximum number of participants for this course is 28.

This course has been granted 18 CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Target audience

Respiratory specialty trainees and physicians with an interest in developing pleural skills.

Course format

Lectures, case-based discussions and interactive scenarios, hands-on workshops using models and carcasses and video-based workshops.

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will

  • have acquired relevant theoretical knowledge and be able to demonstrate basic techniques used in thoracic ultrasound
  • be able to demonstrate the basic techniques used in the insertion and management of indwelling pleural catheters and understand evidence behind them
  • be able to demonstrate the basic techniques used in various forms of medical pleuroscopy and understand the evidence behind them
  • be able to recognise the importance and the role of pleural disease in the management of respiratory patients