Pericardiocentesis is the most common therapeutic intervention for the early management or diagnosis of large, symptomatic pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade. Echocardiographic guidance has significantly improved the safety and feasibility of pericardiocentesis and has provided the possibility of choosing the best anatomical approach.

This module will include procedural tasks and clinical cases for the training of ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis, accompanied by comprehensive educational aids. Trainee will be able to choose between common approaches (subxiphoid, apical or parasternal) and practice palpation, ultrasound evaluation, needle puncture, verification and fluid aspiration.

Target Audience: Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Interventional Radiologists, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine physicians.

Module Features:

  • First-to-market virtual simulation of ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis.
  • Live tracking of both needle and ultrasound probe – view the needle and probe position on both 3D anatomical map and ultrasound image.
  • Palpable puncture pad with layers, providing tactile feedback during puncture.
    • Self-guided procedural tasks for subxiphoid and parasternal approaches
    • Anatomical variations of the liver, stomach and pericardial sac
    • Variety of optimal puncture site locations
    • Real-time simulation of fluid aspirationand heart expansion
    • Clinical variations: small/moderate/large pericardial effusion/tamponade
    • Enhanced educational value including organ puncture warnings and visual aids such as 3D needle image and syringe filling indicator.
    • Enhanced performance report and safety assessment.