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Introduction to Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Life Support and Sepsis (Phoenix)

Gain beginner point-of-care ultrasound skills to assist in the management of patients with cardiac arrest and sepsis.

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Gain beginner point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) skills to assist in the management of patients with cardiac arrest and sepsis through the new Introduction to Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Life Support and Sepsis course. Earn up to 10 hours of accredited continuing education (ACE). Maintenance of certification (MOC) points are also available.

This page offers registration options for the in-person course held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

The course includes:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the rational for screening using subcostal views and limited lung views
  • Use critical care ultrasound into the management of patients in cardiac arrest without prolonging no-flow intervals
  • Incorporate qualitative critical care ultrasound into the management of patients with sepsis and septic shock (including COVID-19) based on ultrasound pattern recognition
  • Recognize signs of chronic disease, limitations, and the need for additional ultrasound techniques to support decision-making

This interactive course focuses on acquisition of a single subcostal cardiac window and limited lung examination. High-fidelity simulation will be used to apply a protocolized approach to managing patients with cardiac arrest during pulse, rhythm, and echocardiography checks. Content includes 100 subcostal pathology clips of patients with septic shock and in-hospital cardiac arrest to demonstrate quick pattern recognition and facilitate interpretation.

Why is the subcostal view so important?

  • The subcostal view alone can provide qualitative information on ventricular function, pericardial effusion, and intravascular volume status.
  • In patients with cardiac arrest, the subcostal view is least likely to interfere with chest compressions.
  • During cardiac arrest secondary to pulseless electrical activity (PEA), the subcostal view can be used to assess the presence of cardiac muscle activity (pseudo-PEA) and underlying reversible causes of PEA.
  • Safe use of the subcostal view during cardiac arrest requires close interaction among team members. A subcostal window can also be used to rapidly recognize various hemodynamic patterns in patients with septic shock, facilitating critical decision-making.

The interactive sessions are led by expert faculty and uses live models to provide significant experience ensured with a low faculty-to-attendee ratio.


Choose your preferred date below and sign up online, register by phone, or download and mail the form..

Introduction to Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Life Support and Sepsis

Friday, January 19, 2024

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ


Introduction to Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Life Support and Sepsis

Saturday, January 20, 2024

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

SCCM Members
By January 20, 2024
Select Member - Physician ​$1,060
Select Member - Healthcare Professional ​$875
Professional Member - Physician $1,125
Professional Member - Healthcare Professional and Trainee* $930
Associate Member - Physician $1,260
Associate Member - Healthcare Professional $1,040

* Trainees must be members of SCCM's Sponsored Trainee Program.

By January 20, 2024
Physician ​$1,325
Healthcare Professional ​$1,095

Payment Information

  • American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards are accepted.

  • Check or international money order, payable to SCCM, may be used to register via mail only.

  • Fees must be paid in U.S. funds and checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.

  • For information on paying via wire transfer, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

  • Inquiries can be emailed to

Cancellation Policy 

Registrants may be eligible for refunds of activities at SCCM’s discretion. If you have not accessed the activity’s materials, have not completed a significant portion of the activity, and/or the content does not meet your needs, you may be eligible for a refund. A registrant’s cancellation of an in-person activity may incur a fee, at SCCM’s discretion. To reschedule an in-person activity, please contact SCCM Customer Service at least 30 days before the activity. If SCCM cannot hold an activity as intended, SCCM shall not be liable for any costs, expenses, or fees related to cancellation of travel and attendance associated with the event.


Subject to change.
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. Introduction and Pretest
7:40 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Presentations
  • Subcostal Cardiac and Inferior Vena Cava Views
  • Introduction to Lung Ultrasound
  • Hemodynamic Phenotypes of Patients With Septic Shock
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Interactive Ultrasound Demonstrations
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Interactive Ultrasound Demonstrations
  • Left Ventricular Assessment
  • Right Ventricular Assessment
  • Image Acquisition plus Random Cases
  • Image Acquisition plus Random Cases
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Presentations
  • Ultrasound Use in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Orientation to Simulation
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Simulation: Code-Plus!
  • Pulseless Electrical Activity Scenarios
  • High-Fidelity Team-Based Simulation
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Clinical Cases for Pattern Recognition With Report Generation
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sepsis
  • Introduction to Ultrasound Support of Resuscitation for Sepsis and Septic Shock
  • Cases With Report Generation Focused on Management
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limitations, Pitfalls, and Posttest

Invited Subject Matter Experts

 Subject to change.

Nibras F. Bughrara, MD, FASA, FCCM
Nibras F. Bughrara, MD, FASA, FCCM
Albany Medical College
Albany, New York, USA
Aliaksei Pustavoitau, MD, MHS, FCCM
Aliaksei Pustavoitau, MD, MHS, FCCM
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Oliver P.F. Panzer, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, New York, USA

Andrew Gold, MD, MBS
University of Pennsylvania
Media, Pennsylvania, USA

Habib Srour, MD
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Ranjit Deshpande, MD, FCCM
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Tim Tran, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Sumit P. Singh, MD
University of California
Los Angeles, California, USA

Jonathan Paul, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York, USA

Andrew Villion, MD
Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, New York, USA

Included With This Course

Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound, Second Edition

Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound, Second Edition

Focused ultrasound examinations are being used more frequently in the critical care setting because of their rapid, precise detection capabilities. Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound, Second Edition, is a companion guide for new and experienced clinicians seeking to improve ultrasound understanding and skills in the ICU.

Comprehensive Critical Care Ultrasound, Second Edition, is available for separate purchase as well.

Adult ICU Quick Reference Guide

Adult ICU Quick Reference Guide

The Quick Reference Guide includes valuable resources that highlight some of the most useful bedside tools and algorithms available from SCCM, from Fundamentals training to ultrasound and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

Hotel and Travel

Hotel information coming soon.

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates by making your reservation through the SCCM Housing Bureau. All reservations are subject to availability. The deadline to make reservations at the guaranteed group rate is December 19, 2023.

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Headquarters Hotels

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
340 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s fully reimagined spaces and thoughtful amenities fuse together to create an elevated experience for working, gathering, and relaxing in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Located near the Phoenix Convention Center and minutes from Sky Harbor Airport, this premier pet-friendly convention hotel features well-appointed guestrooms and suites, inviting community spaces, and world-renowned service. Exquisite on-site dining, a sun-drenched terrace pool, exclusive Sheraton Club offerings, and a first-rate fitness facility await your arrival.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel
122 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Located across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Phoenix places downtown Phoenix at your feet. Walk to the Arizona Center Shops and entertainment at CityScape, located two blocks from the hotel. Explore museums, culture, the arts, and the vibrant nightlife of downtown Phoenix just outside its doors.

Other Official Hotels

Best Western Downtown Phoenix Hotel
620 N. 6th Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Downtown Hotel
132 S. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel
122 N. 2nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Downtown Hotel
150 W. Adams Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
100 N. 1st Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix Downtown Hotel
132 S. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona

Air Travel

SCCM has arranged for discounted airfare with United Airlines and Delta Airlines for travel to Phoenix, Arizona.

United Airlines

Discount Booking Code: ZNTD453186
By phone: +1 800 426-1122 (Available Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel. Booking fees are waived for SCCM event reservations. International customers can contact their local United reservation desk.

Delta Airlines

Discount Booking Code: NM2UH
By phone: +1 800 328-1111 (Available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Central Time)


Car Rental

SCCM has negotiated special car rental rates for Ultrasound attendees.


Discount code: XZP1SCC


Discount code: XZP1SCC

Continuing Education

ACE and MOC points are available. Physicians, nurses, and physician assistants are eligible to receive up to 10 credit hours. Check back for more details. 


Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a foundation of ultrasound knowledge
  • Practice acquisition of high-quality images via hands-on exercises
  • Demonstrate image interpretation and utilization of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool 
Target Audience
This continuing education activity is intended to meet the needs of intensivists, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, emergency physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and all other professionals who care for patients in any setting in which critical care is provided.

Type of Activity 
This live workshop will focus on applying knowledge and practicing skills and techniques of ultrasound in the intensive care unit. 

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) supports recommendations that will promote lifelong learning through continuing education. SCCM promotes activities that encourage the highest quality in education that will enhance knowledge, competence, or performance in critical care practice. This activity will meet the following competencies:
  • Professionalism
  • Patient care and procedural skills
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills 

Credit Hours

Physicians: Accreditation Statement: The Society of Critical Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation Statement: The Society of Critical Care Medicine designates the live educational activity, Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult, for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. 

Nurses: The Critical Care Ultrasound: Adult activity has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 8181, for up to 19 contact hours. 

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 19 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Maintenance of Certification 
Successful completion of this continuing medical education (CME) activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 19 medical knowledge maintenance of certification (MOC) points in the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Anesthesia, and American Board of Surgery MOC programs. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the number of CME credits claimed for the activity. This course meets the requirements for MOC for up to 19 credits.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Introduction to Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Life Support and Sepsis course provides opportunities for sponsors to bring their marketing message and information about their products and services directly to key members of the intensive care/critical care unit team.
Multiple opportunities are available to target your company’s goals and meet your budget when you become a sponsor.
Find Other Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

For more information, schedule a time to connect with Desiree Ng or contact her by email or phone at +1 847 827-7188.