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March 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:15

Correspondence: Safe practice in TOE

Drs Richard Wheeler and Rick Steeds

Abstract

Recommendations for safe practice in transoesophageal echocardiography: a  summary document from the BSE education committee Dear Sirs, Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is an established diagnostic technique, which is used with increasing frequency in a number of clinical settings. By definition it is semi-invasive with potential for significant complications.1 It therefore requires a high level of expertise and should only be performed by trained individuals. TOE often requires the use of sedation and it is recognised that there is wide variation in practice between cardiac units in the UK.2 It has become mandatory for NHS Trusts to

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