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Table 3 Scores for basic critical-care transthoracic echocardiography obtained by the novices at M1, M3, and M6

From: Prospective assessment of a score for assessing basic critical-care transthoracic echocardiography skills in ventilated critically ill patients

  M1 M3 M6 P-value
Number of TTEs performed since start of training 7 (5 to 10) 27 (24 to 30) 67 (57 to 80) 0.0003
Total Score (/20) 13 (10 to 14) 15 (12 to 16) 17 (15 to 18) < 0.001
Score on the first part of the scoring system (image quality/12) 7 (5 to 9) 8 (7 to 9) 10 (9 to 11) < 0.001
Score on the first part of the scoring system (semi-quantitative measurements/8) 6 (5 to 7) 7 (5 to 8) 7 (6 to 8) 0.07
Time from starting TTE to suggesting the diagnosis/treatment     
 < 15 minutes 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 0.03
  15 to 20 minutes 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%) 0.1
  < 20 minutes 12 (100%) 8 (67%) 2 (17%) 0.002
Agreement with experts concerning diagnosis/treatment 0.6 ± 0.5 0.5 ± 0.5 0.8 ± 0.4 < 0.0001
  1. N = 12.
  2. Quantitative data are expressed as mean ± standard deviation or median (25% to 75% IQR) range and qualitative data as n (%).
  3. M: months; TTE: transthoracic echocardiography.