A cadaveric model for pericardiocentesis training

J Emerg Med. 2013 Mar;44(3):661-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.06.019. Epub 2012 Oct 28.


Background: Pericardiocentesis is a rare but potentially life-saving procedure. Improper technique can lead to life-threatening complications.

Discussion: Described is a cadaveric training model developed to train providers.

Conclusion: This cadaveric model allows trainees to familiarize themselves with both proper landmark and ultrasound-based pericardiocentesis technique.

MeSH terms

  • Cadaver
  • Clinical Competence
  • Humans
  • Pericardial Effusion / diagnostic imaging
  • Pericardial Effusion / surgery
  • Pericardiocentesis / education*
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted
  • Thoracotomy
  • Ultrasonography