Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Perioperative Medicine

perioperative ultrasound for perioperative medicine

Go Beyond the Block: Perioperative Ultrasound Can Help Streamline Patient Care

The role of the anaesthetist is changing. With hospitals seeking innovative ways to streamline patient care and improve outcomes, anaesthetists are increasingly expected to provide patient care beyond general anaesthesia and nerve blocks. Pain management and patient care responsibilities now extend past the operating room and well into recovery. Anaesthetists are taking on new roles before, during, and after surgery.

Now, anaesthetists are picking up new skills, like point-of-care ultrasound, that would have been previously relegated to another specialist. Learning how to scan perioperative patients for complications and conditions is actually a time-saving measure, and can significantly improve patient outcomes and shorten hospital stays.

How can point-of-care ultrasound aid in perioperative care?

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is becoming an increasingly essential component of perioperative patient care. With several applications, such as aiding in local anaesthetic placement, and helping determine and prevent post-operative complications, perioperativists will find POCUS to be an invaluable tool in helping provide better patient outcomes.

Common perioperative ultrasound applications include:

  • Haemodynamic monitoring & volume status management
  • Identification of pericardial effusion or tamponade
  • Detection of cardiopulmonary pathology including pneumothorax
  • ET Tube Placement/airway management
  • Focused Assessment of Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE exam)
  • Assessment of gastric contents
  • Evaluation of haemodynamic instability (FAST exam)
  • Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks

What ultrasound systems and technologies are best for perioperativists?

The following list of SonoSite ultrasound machines are favored by perioperativists.

SII Ultrasound System Engineered specifically for anaesthetists and busy operating rooms, the SII can be mounted on a wall, ceiling, or stand for dependable accessibility. Its lean, simplified controls are designed for single-hand operation, and its visualisation quality aids imaging confidence.

Edge II Ultrasound System SonoSite's top-of-the-line portable Edge II ultrasound features advanced visualisation algorithms, a large display screen, splash-resistant silicone keyboard, and a solid aluminum core.

X-Porte Ultrasound System The SonoSite X-Porte features outstanding image quality, advanced cardiac calculations, and includes educational modules that are built in to the machine, so that you can learn additional ultrasound scans as you work. Durable glass-covered system is outstandingly easy to clean.

iViz Ultrasound System The ultimate in portable ultrasound, the iViz goes with you on rounds and is ready to work at the patient bedside when you need it.