Journal article

Thoracic ultrasound recognition of competence: A position paper of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, YC Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge

Respirology | WILEY | Published : 2017


The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors of this article certify that they have no affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers' bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interest and expert testimony or patent-licencing arrangements) or non-financial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this manuscript. Although no personal conflict of interest exists, all authors have taught on or directed thoracic ultrasound courses that have been supported either by direct funding or indirectly by provision of equipment by manufacturers of ultrasound equipment including Fujifilm Holdings, GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, M4 Healthcare Pty Ltd and Carestream Health.