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BOTHELL, Wash., August 6, 2018 – FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, portable and point-of-care ultrasound solutions, today announced the promotion of Richard “Rich” Fabian to President and Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc.

“I am pleased to congratulate Rich on his promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer,” said Takaaki Ueda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. “Rich’s wealth of experience in sales, service, distribution, supply chain and manufacturing will be crucial to FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc.’s constant innovation of point-of-care ultrasound technology and improving patient lives.”

"It is a true honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead the team that created point-of-care ultrasound, which has enabled clinicians to make an immediate impact on patient care for the past twenty years,” added Rich Fabian, President and Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. “It is a remarkable legacy and I...

Takaaki Ueda appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Rich Fabian promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer

BOTHELL, Wash., August 6, 2018 – FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, portable and point-of-care ultrasound solutions, today announced the appointment of Fujifilm veteran Takaaki Ueda as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., in addition to his roles as President and CEO of FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., and FUJIFILM New Development U.S.A., Inc. Rich Fabian has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. The leadership appointments stem from Masayuki Higuchi’s return to Tokyo as Deputy General Manager of Global Finance & Accounting at FUJIFILM Corporation.

“On behalf of all employees at FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., we are grateful to Mr. Higuchi’s contributions to the business and wish him success in his important new role,” shared Takaaki Ueda, Chairman...

From battlefield to bedside, these rugged and reliable solutions have ushered in a new era of helping clinicians bring ultrasound to any patient, anywhere, anytime.

BOTHELL, Wash., July 20, 2018 – FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, portable and point-of-care ultrasound solutions, today announced that the company is celebrating the inception of FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. and point-of-care ultrasound with the 20th anniversary of the SonoSite 180 launch. As the first point-of-care ultrasound machine, the SonoSite 180 developed by FUJIFILM SonoSite in 1998 signified a major step forward in ultrasound technology and was the catalyst to enable clinicians to bring ultrasound to any patient, in any environment for the first time ever. The introduction of this new technology broke the convention within ultrasound, by ensuring that point-of-care ultrasound is durable, mobile and reliable– resulting in care for those in need in the most remote areas of the...

Point-of-care ultrasound is at the heart of Frimley Park Hospital’s anaesthesia department, guiding procedures such as vascular access and nerve blocks. Dr Tim Pepall, a consultant anaesthetist at Frimley Park, explained: “It’s essential to use ultrasound for central vascular access because of NICE guidelines, but we also use it occasionally for difficult peripheral vascular access and arterial lines. Ultrasound has transformed regional anaesthetic practice and we were relatively early adopters of it – it made sense to see the nerves, rather than going in blind. There is so much variation in nerve and vascular anatomy that you realise your previous techniques were really feeling in the dark. Nowadays, I would be very reluctant to do a plexus block without an ultrasound machine.”

Tim continued: “We’ve been using FUJIFILM SonoSite point-of-care systems for the last 10 years. There are five SonoSite instruments in the anaesthetic department and we’ve stayed with...

FUJIFILM SonoSite is pleased to be supporting the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) by supplying point-of-care ultrasound systems for clinic-based and trackside imaging. The compact and highly portable ultrasound systems will provide the BSB medical team with on-site imaging capabilities, to support the first-class care of riders and teams competing in the championship.

FUJIFILM SonoSite named as official supplier to British Superbikes 2018

Safety is paramount in motorcycle racing and, despite continuous advances in safety, series organisers must still be ready to respond to the potentially life-threatening incidents that are an inherent part of any motorsport. BSB prides itself on its safety record and medical team, and provides high quality facilities and experienced personnel at each round of the championship to mitigate the risks and minimise the burden on public healthcare. Point-of-care ultrasound will be a valuable addition to the medical team’s toolbox, enabling rapid assessment...

Ultrasound technology is playing a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of critical care patients at Watford Hospital, part of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Devaraja Acharya, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, explained: “The hospital serves a population of around 600,000 and has a busy 19-bed ICU which relies on point-of-care ultrasound technology to assist patient diagnoses, and to guide invasive procedures such as the insertion of chest drains.”

“Ultrasound is very important in critical care, and so we invested in a SonoSite X-Porte point-of-care system for ICU, complementing the trust’s MicroMaxx and S-Nerve, which are used in theatres to perform regional blocks. This standardisation makes it easier for staff to switch between systems, and is better for risk management and servicing. The system’s touchscreen operation is very straightforward, allowing you to toggle between transducers at the touch of a button, without the need to disconnect...

St Mary's Hospital is one of London's four major trauma centres, and uses point-of-care ultrasound extensively in the assessment of patients visiting its extremely busy A&E department. Dr Ehsan Hassan, a consultant in emergency medicine with a special interest in ultrasound, explained: “Our normal practice with trauma patients is to perform a FAST scan during the primary survey. This can make a significant difference to the care of unstable patients – for example, stab wounds to the heart – giving you a diagnosis straight away. This approach has enabled some patients to be fast-tracked into theatre.”

The department’s SonoSite X-Porte ultrasound system is based in resus, although its portability means it can be easily moved to other areas of A&E as required. Dr Hassan continued: “The Royal College of Emergency Medicine requires that all A&E consultants are trained to perform FAST, aortic scans, IV access and basic echo. However,...

Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound is helping to improve the quality of life for metastatic breast cancer patients in the West Midlands thanks to the fundraising efforts of Breast Friends Solihull and the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. A FUJIFILM SonoSite SII ultrasound system funded through donations is enabling chemotherapy patients to be fitted with portacaths instead of traditional peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines).

Mike Hammond, CEO of University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, explained: “PICC lines provide an effective route for the delivery of chemotherapy drugs, but can be quite restrictive on a patient’s lifestyle; they require weekly appointments to flush the lines and they prevent patients from swimming, for example. We wanted to offer our patients a better solution – subcutaneous portacath lines – that eliminate these issues. Ultrasound guidance is essential for placing and accessing these semi-permanent catheters but, unfortunately, there was no funding within the trust to purchase a...

Saturday the 27th of January 2018 marks the first ESRA European Day of Regional Anaesthesia, delivered simultaneously in over 20 training hubs across the continent. FUJIFILM SonoSite is delighted to be backing this new initiative by providing point-of-care ultrasound devices to many of the workshops.

Dr Jonathan Womack, an anaesthetic consultant at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle, and one of the event organisers, said: “This is the first time we’ve put together something this big; the programme is the same across all the sites and the varied content will have broad appeal. We’ve been able to secure a number of expert speakers – including Dr Nat Haslam, Honorary Secretary of RA-UK – and we’ve limited numbers to 30 delegates per site to foster a hands-on, workshop atmosphere and deliver the best experience.”

The day-long programme offers a range of lectures, live demos and workshops, covering everything from...

Anaesthetists at Liverpool Women’s Hospital are taking advantage of ultrasound guidance to administer epidurals, as consultant anaesthetist Dr Abraham Ssenoga explained: “Liverpool Women’s is a specialist obstetrics and gynaecology hospital that deals with around 8,000 deliveries a year. Of these, about 25 % of patients will require an epidural, either during labour or for an elective C-section.”

“We purchased an X-Porte® point-of-care system last year to use for ultrasound-guided epidurals. Its large screen appealed to us and, with no buttons to trap dust, the system is easy to keep clean. The touchscreen operation is especially popular with younger staff, who are used to smartphone and tablet technology, and the image quality is excellent. A particular advantage is the capability to change the mode according to the size of the patient, making it easier to obtain a clear image and measure depth accurately, enabling the correct needle length to be...