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This module includes procedural tasks and clinical cases for the training of ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis, accompanied by comprehensive educational aids. Trainees can choose between common approaches (subxiphoid, apical or parasternal) and practice key procedural steps such as palpation, ultrasound evaluation, needle puncture, wire/catheter insertion and verification as well as fluid aspiration.

Learning Objectives:

  • To perform ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis
  • To practice ultrasound evaluation of pericardial effusion and puncture site selection
  • To learn and gain confidence in eye-hand coordination of in-plane and out-of-plane ultrasound guidance
  • To practice needle puncture
  • To demonstrate competency of a full pericardiocentesis procedure from selection of puncture site to fluid aspiration



Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine.

Introduction to the Ultrasound-Guided Pericardiocentesis
Pericardiocentesis Hands-on
Parasterma; Approach - Nedle Step-By-Step Guidance
Measurements Measurements
3D Anatomical Atlas 3D Anatomical Map
Parasterma; Approach - Nedle Parasternal Approach - Needle
Color Doppler Color Doppler
Pericardiocentesis Puncture Pad Anatomical Puncture Pad
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