Emergency Lung Ultrasound & FAST Course

Basic Lung Ultrasound & FAST

Combined course in basic lung ultrasound and FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma)

Basic lung ultrasound  is a simple and systematic sonographic examination of the lungs in trauma and emergency situations. It allows the clinician to perform point-of-care ultrasound in a wide range of patients with respiratory emergencies in order to diagnose and exclude pleural effusion, pulmonary oedema and pneumothorax.

FAST is a simple and systematic sonographic examination for the detection free fluid in the pleural cavities, pericardial sack and in the abdomen. FAST is an important adjunct in the primary survey of the trauma patient. It is easy and quickly learned and meets the basic needs for the non-radiologist in evaluating the trauma patient.

Pre-workshop learning material: All theory is provided in the unique USABCD interactive e-learning concept including pre-test, learning modules and post-test. 

The following topics will be covered in the workshop in groups of 4-5 participants with live models:

  • Basic ultrasound theory including knobology
  • How to perform a basic lung ultrasound and FAST examination
  • Diagnosis and exclusion of pneumothorax, pleural effusion and pulmonary oedema using lung ultrasound
  • Recognition of free fluid in the pericardium and abdomen
  • Case training

Faculty: The instructors are all skilled clinicians who have been working with FAST/basic lung ultrasound on a daily basis for several years.

Typical schedule for hands-on workshop in combined basic ultrasound and FAST:

  • 10.00-10.15 Introduction, coffee
  • 10.15-10.30 Highlights to HOT 1, coffee
  • 10.30-11.00 HOT 1 (knobology, Ultrasound principles on normal models)
  • 11.00-11.15 Highlights to HOT 2
  • 11.15-12.00 HOT 2 (Basic Lung Ultrasound and M-mode on normal models)
  • 12.00-12.15 Highlights to HOT 3
  • 12.15-13.00 HOT 3 (repetition of Basic Lung Ultrasound and M-mode, pathologic lung ultrasound )
  • 13.00-13.30 Lunch (included)
  • 13.30-13.45 Highlights to HOT 4
  • 13.45-14.30 HOT 4 (FAST views on normal models)
  • 14.30-14.45 Highlights to HOT 5
  • 14.45-15.15 HOT 5 (repetition of FAST views on normal models and pathologic FAST views demonstration)
  • 15.15-15.30 Break with coffee
  • 15.30-16.30 Assessment of obtained LUS/FAST theory and ultrasound exam if desired.
  • 16.30-17.00 Evaluation.


HOT = Hands-on training

Precourse qualification: No prior US experience is required for this course.

Who can attend?
Physicians from all specialities e.g.: Anaesthesiologists, intensivists, emergency physicians, internal medicine physicians, surgeons, general practitioners. 


A certificate is issued after completion of the e-learning and the workshop.

Next course

Check our calendar to see when the next Basic Lung & FAST courses are happening.