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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2013, Article ID 145361, 10 pages
Research Article

Assessment of a New E-Learning System on Thorax, Trachea, and Lung Ultrasound

1Ultrasound Regional Network SonoABCD and Frankfurter Institut für Notfallmedizin und Simulationstraining, Fachbereich Medizin der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Klinikum der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, 60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2Klinik für Anaesthesiologie, Klinikum der Universität München, Campus Grosshadern, 81377 München, Germany
3II. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Universitätsmedizin Mainz, 55131 Mainz, Germany
4Anestesia e Rianimazione I, Fondazione IRCCS, Policlinico San Matteo, 27100 Pavia, Italy
5Klinik für Anästhesiologie, Intensiv- und Notfallmedizin, Diakonie Klinikum Jung Stilling, 57074 Siegen, Germany
6Fachbereich Pneumologie, Deutsche Klinik für Diagnostik GmbH, 65191 Wiesbaden, Germany
7Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Klinikum der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, 60590 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
8Zentrale Notaufnahme, Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst, 65929 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Received 13 July 2013; Accepted 25 August 2013

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2013 Colleen Cuca et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Lung ultrasound has become an emerging tool in acute and critical care medicine. Combined theoretical and hands-on training has been required to teach ultrasound diagnostics. Current computer technology allows for display, explanation, and animation of information in a remote-learning environment. Objective. Development and assessment of an e-learning program for lung ultrasound. Methods. An interactive online tutorial was created. A prospective learning success study was conducted with medical students using a multiple-choice test (Trial A). This e-learning program was used as preparation for a certified course followed by an evaluation of trained doctors (Trial B) by linear analogue scales. Pretests were compared with postcourse tests and sustainability tests as well as a posttest of a one-day custom classroom training. Results. In Trial A, during the learning success study ( ), the increase of correct answers was 11.7 to 17/20 in the post-test and to 16.6/20 in the sustainability test (relative change 45.1%, ). E-learning almost equalled scores of classroom-based training regarding gain and retention of factual knowledge. In Trial B, nineteen participating doctors found a 79.5% increase of knowledge (median, 95% CI: 69%; 88%). Conclusion. The basics of lung ultrasound can be taught in a highly effective manner using e-learning.