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Portable Cardiac Ultrasound: Using the CLUE Protocol to Guide Clinical Care at the Bedside

Author(s): Jennifer Oztan

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Learn how cardiology advanced practice providers incorporate portable cardiac ultrasound and the cardiac limited ultrasound exam (CLUE) into practice to guide bedside clinical decision-making and assist with diagnosis, prognosis and patient management. Utilization of portable ultrasound has a potential to reduce delays in diagnosis and need for formal echocardiography. Though advanced topics of echocardiography imaging are discussed, attendees of all backgrounds are welcome.


  • Illustrate the efficacy and benefits of point-of-care bedside ultrasound (POCUS) use in the inpatient setting.
  • Describe the key components of the cardiac limited ultrasound examination exam (CLUE).
  • Identify the key steps required to train cardiac advanced practice providers to use portable cardiac ultrasound and the CLUE protocol.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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