Ultrasound and Critical Care
Bedside ultrasound has become a valuable tool for physicians working in critical care environments to obtain immediate clinical information, improve patient safety, increase efficiency, and decrease complications. SonoSite has been active in critical care ultrasound for many years and has designed its products with extensive input from intensivists.
SonoSite Offers a Range of Customized Products That Provide
- Advanced imaging features for exceptional image quality with minimal key strokes
- Fluid-resistant for easy cleaning and disinfection
- Under 20 seconds from cold start to scanning
- Custom use models for point-of-care applications
- Built to exceed U.S. military specifications for durability
- Industry leading 5-year warranty
- Extensive training and education programs
What Our Customers Have to Say
“I knew about portable ultrasound technology for some time, but when I saw how truly portable it was and how it enhanced the ability to diagnosis shock states in critically patients, the need was obvious. I went to our administration and stated my case for incorporating hand-carried ultrasound into our patient care protocol. While addressing the administration, I pointed out that with this kind of available technology, there was no reason for physicians to guess what the etiology of the problem was when we could know for sure with ultrasound.—Rich Pesce, MD, Director of Critical Care, Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee
As a physician who deals with critically ill patients on a daily basis, I fully understand that this type of technology is a necessity; hand-carried ultrasound is not a frivolous piece of equipment. When addressing our administration, I emphasized how it could have broad spectrum uses – including line placements and procedural guidance. I also explained that using ultrasound to examine all critically ill ICU and ER patients in shock states is simply a responsible approach to patient care. Above all, patients deserve the best care possible and incorporating hand-carried ultrasound into how we care for patients is the right and ethical thing to do. It enhances patient safety, decreases diagnostic testing, and enables us to diagnose our patients faster and more accurately.
I have firsthand experience with knowing how beneficial hand-carried ultrasound systems can be when treating critically ill patients. Our cardiologists donated a previous generation hand-carried ultrasound system to us; we kept in a backpack and took it to codes. That unit has been extremely useful when finding pericardial tamponade, DVT, or a clot in the heart, as well as when checking for heart motion and confirming the volume status of the patient. I take the ultrasound system on all rapid-response calls; it is very useful to pick up things like congestive heart failure, pneumothorax, and deep vein thrombosis; it gives me instant information, which is crucial for physicians in my line of work. I recommend that all rapid response teams have this technology at the point of care.
Fortunately, my institution genuinely values patient safety and providing the best care for our patients; our administration supported us purchasing four SonoSite ultrasound systems for our critical care units and the ER.”
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