News and Views

Becker's Hospital Review

Nishant Shah, MD

During the year 2030, the number of Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) surgeries in the U.S. is projected to surpass 1.28 million. A recent study suggests that outpatient TKA can provide a cost savings of approximately $8,527 per patient (as compared to the standard length of stay group). Outpatient TKA also provides faster recovery time and fewer required opioid prescriptions through the use of targeted ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. Dr. Nishant Shah heads the outpatient total joint replacement program at Midwest Anesthesia Partners. In this article, Dr. Shah explains the many benefits of using ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia to enhance ERAS protocols.

ICU Management & Practice

Dr. Gulrukh Zaidi, MD and Prof. Seth Koenig, MD

Physicians have used ultrasonography for more than half a century to aid diagnoses and guide procedures, but the advent of portable ultrasound systems that physicians can use to see and assess physiological function firsthand, and in real time, has revolutionized patient care in the intensive care unit. This shift from traditional ultrasound, in which a technician and/or consulting radiologist obtains and interprets patient ultrasound images, reduces dissociation in patient care and shortens time-to-diagnosis. What goal-directed applications of point-of-care ultrasound are recognized as being among the most valuable in critical care? In this article, Drs. Gulrukh Zaidi and Seth Koenig of Hofstra University present four areas in which intensivists can apply point-of-care ultrasound to improve outcomes in the critically ill.

Clinical Services Journal

Dr. Jim Corcoran, Clinical Director Perioperative Care, Salford Royal Hospital

Ultrasound guidance has proven invaluable for the regional neurosurgical center at the Salford Royal Hospital, outside Manchester, England. In addition to helping to improve patient safety, ultrasound is increasingly being used to guide regional anesthesia, offering a variety of benefits. Jim Corcoran, consultant neuroanesthetist and clinical director for perioperative care at the Salford Royal, says that ultrasound guidance also allows anesthetists to reduce the amount of anesthetic required to effectively block a nerve region (10-20 ml versus 30-40 ml using landmark/nerve stimulation techniques). Another benefit is a significant reduction in the length of stay required for patients who undergo shoulder surgery with regional nerve blocks – shoulder decompression used to require at least an overnight stay in the hospital, and is now regarded as an outpatient procedure with minimal in-hospital recovery time needed. Please read Dr. Corcoran's article to learn more.

Becker's Hospital Review

Jennifer R. Marin, MD, MSc

With the end of summer and children heading back to school and organized athletics, there will inevitably be injuries that may require a trip to the local hospital emergency room and clinicians need to be prepared. This article by Dr. Jennifer Marin discusses ten important applications for ultrasound used at the point-of-care to diagnose medical issues in pediatrics. Dr. Marin also discusses the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published its first policy statement endorsing the use of ultrasound at the point-of-care by pediatric emergency medicine. Ultrasound is an ideal diagnostic procedure for children whose smaller body size facilitates sound-wave penetration and resolution to generate images. Please read Dr. Marin’s article to learn more.

Anesthesiology News

Alexis LaPietra, DO

With the opioid epidemic ever present in US hospitals, emergency physicians working with anesthesiologists to manage pain in the ED setting are on the front lines of this urgent public health crisis. Alexis LaPietra, DO, a medical director for pain management in the emergency department of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, shares some key takeaways and lessons learned when developing and implementing a formal program focused on novel alternatives to opioid prescriptions for pain. The ALTOSM (Alternatives To Opioids) program uses alternatives such as nitrous oxide, trigger point injections, Lidoderm patches, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks, whenever possible, for appropriate patients to manage their pain in the emergency department. Read Dr. LaPietra’s article to learn more about how a program such as ALTOSM can be successful in your hospital.

Axis Imaging News

Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP, FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer at Fujifilm SonoSite

Vascular access is one of the most commonly performed procedures in U.S. hospitals as up to 70% of patients require a peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheter during their stay. Each year, 200 million PIV catheterizations are performed. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommended in a 2016 policy statement that procedural ultrasound be utilized to facilitate access. In this article, Dr. Mandavia discusses patient safety improvements that are achieved in vascular access with "the one-stick standard."

Becker's Hospital CFO Report

Rich Fabian, Chief Operation Officer, FUJIFILM SonoSite

Most of us think of warranties as a way to save money because they reduce the possibility of spending money in the future. This article from Fujifilm SonoSite’s Chief Operating Officer, Rich Fabian, outlines that not all warranties are created equal and this could have implications for the total cost of owning an ultrasound system over its lifetime. The article shares how the fine print of a warranty document can matter, particularly as it relates to what items are expected from the warranty. In the case of ultrasound systems, one area where the warranty can make a major difference in total cost of ownership is related to the replacement of the ultrasound machine’s probes. Reading the fine print in medical manufacturers’ warranties—and understanding how that fine print relates to those vendors’ confidence in their products—can reduce these hidden costs and the obvious headaches of owning poor quality equipment. Learn more by reading this article by Rich Fabian.

Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control
Stephanie J. Doniger, MD, RDMS, FAAP, FACEP

In the second part of this article that discusses how point-of-care ultrasound can improve the safety and quality of care delivered to children in an emergency room or department, Dr. Stephanie Doniger continues to outline important diagnostic and procedural applications of ultrasound used at the point-of-care. Dr. Doniger writes about using ultrasound-guided vascular access to achieve the “one-stick standard,” especially with pediatric patients, particularly those who are smaller, dehydrated or chronically ill. She outlines the cost-effectiveness case for using ultrasound as the initial Test for Suspected Pediatric Appendicitis and how it allows for achieving nearly perfect accuracy for diagnosing intussusception. Dr. Doniger also provides evidence and explains the data regarding the use of ultrasound versus x-ray in a number of applications that happen with children more than adults, like the removal of foreign bodies.


HealthCare Business News

Anthony Moretti MD, MBA and Diku Mandavia MD, FACEP, FRCPC

Physicians face unique challenges when treating the pediatric patient population.  In this article, Dr. Anthony Moretti, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Adventist Health White Memorial, and Dr. Diku Mandavia, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Medical USA and FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc, discuss the technology that helps to provide solutions for these challenges.


 Beckers Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

Stephanie J. Doniger, MD, RDMS, FAAP, FACEP

One of the most appealing aspects of ultrasound is its inherent safety. With images generated using sound waves, rather than with the use of ionizing radiation, use of point-of-care ultrasound in Pediatric Emergency Medicine has risen dramatically. In this article by Dr. Stephanie J. Doniger, emergency physicians can learn more about improving the safety and quality of Pediatric Emergency Care with point-of-care ultrasound. This article, the first in a two-part series, provides an overview of potential life-saving applications for the use of point-of-care ultrasound in pediatric emergency medicine including specifics regarding implementation.