A Guide to Commissioning Transthoracic Echocardiography

Summary of key points:

Transthoracic echocardiography may be performed in a hospital or community setting. 

Community based services should meet the requirements of the BSE Departmental Accreditation program for transthoracic echocardiography.

In order to avoid unnecessary duplication of scans, the images of community scans must be available for patients referred to secondary care in such a form that they can be incorporated into any digital archive. 

All echocardiographers performing and reporting independently should have BSE or EAE individual accreditation or an equivalent qualification.

There must be immediate access to specialist cardiology review when major abnormalities are suspected.

Ultralinq.co.uk allows for immediate access to reports and study images. 

When major abnormalities are detected in the Community, Echotech BSE Cardiac Physiologists email the UltraLInq 'refer exam' link to the Echotech Clinical Lead for immediate cardiological clinical review.

Echotech is a BSE Accredited Department.

Commissioning of Cardiac Services
A Resource Pack from the British Cardiovascular Society
July 2011

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