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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...

Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound is now a common sight in emergency departments throughout the UK. Professor Bob Jarman, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre, explained the potential benefits of more widespread ultrasound use: “There is a lot of interest in POC ultrasound within our department, above and beyond the FAST scans, basic echo, aortic aneurysm screening and venous access commonly performed in an emergency setting. We try to ensure that it is a routine part of our approach, helping us to assess a wide range of patients coming into the department.”

“Thanks to the generous support of FUJIFILM SonoSite, we currently have eight POC ultrasound machines, and we have put a lot of thought into how we planned to use the systems, as well as where to locate them to maximise use. Increasing system availability has also been key to opening up ultrasound use...

BOTHELL, WA, November 21, 2017 – FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, portable and point-of-care ultrasound solutions, will showcase its latest innovations at the 103rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) at booth #4111 in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Highlights from Fujifilm SonoSite, Inc.’s portfolio include the SonoSite SII, SonoSite Edge II, and the SonoSite X-Porte.

“The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing and in this fast-paced setting, the only constant is the high demand for faster, less-expensive, and more accurate diagnoses,” said Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. “Fujifilm SonoSite is here to help our customers increase workflow efficiencies to deliver better care and improved patient outcomes with our leading point-of-care ultrasound technologies.”

The following will be on exhibit and available for demonstration at RSNA Booth #4111:...

STAMFORD, Conn. – FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. , a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and medical informatics solutions, and FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. , specialists in developing cutting-edge ultrasound solutions and providing world-leading education to enable point-of-care visualisation access, have launched a full-suite paediatric solutions portfolio, complete with digital radiography (DR), healthcare IT and point-of-care ultrasound to serve the world’s most unique patients. Fujifilm will unveil the comprehensive paediatrics portfolio in a dedicated display at booth #4111 (South Hall) at McCormick Place in Chicago during the 103rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

“For the most precious patients, Fujifilm’s full line of paediatric specific imaging products is tailored to the special needs of these exams,” said Johann Fernando, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “With more than 80 years in imaging experience, Fujifilm is uniquely advantaged to...

Point-of-care ultrasound is proving indispensable in the intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital. Intensive care and anaesthesia consultant Dr Max Jonas explained: “Southampton General is a Category A trauma centre, with a 25-bed general intensive care unit. We also treat surgical intensive care and high dependency patients, and cover surgical aspects of anaesthesia. In my time here – around 20 years – the use of point-of-care ultrasound has grown significantly, and its applications multiplied, as people have begun to understand how it works. Ultrasound systems have also become more readily available and easy to operate, with user-friendly probes and smart software.

“In ICU, we use point-of-care ultrasound for both regional anaesthesia and diagnostics. Visualisation of the nerves gives confidence that the needle is in the correct place when performing blocks, making the procedure safer and more reliable. Ultrasound also enables us to investigate, for example, fluid collections, hypo-...

Summer school delegates gain some hands-on experience with the SonoSite instruments

FUJIFILM SonoSite continues to maintain its strong focus on supporting medical training and education, and recently supplied instruments for a series of ultrasound workshops at the Doctors Academy International Medical Summer School . On the 31 st of July 2017, over 160 medical students from across Europe and the Middle East congregated in Manchester for the summer school, a five-day programme of workshops, lectures and social events.

In addition, Doctors Academy hosted an Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma ( e-FAST ) course in association with the European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery on Saturday the 5 th of August 2017.

Doctors Academy was established in 2005, and is now one of the world’s largest providers of independent medical education, complementing the programmes already offered by medical universities, institutions and hospitals. Ultrasound workshops prove extremely popular among delegates, since the opportunity to gain hands‑on experience in...

Ultrasound guidance is proving invaluable for the regional neurosurgical centre at the Salford Royal Hospital, helping to improve safety, save time and enhance the patient experience.

Dr. Jim Corcoran, consultant neuroanaesthetist and clinical director for perioperative care, explained:

“Before ultrasound guidance became commonplace, regional anaesthesia was performed using nerve stimulators. Although this worked, the procedure wasn’t as smooth. Ultrasound offers an improved way of administering the anaesthetic. The nerve can be visualised, giving assurance that the needle is correctly positioned and allowing the amount of anaesthetic to be dramatically reduced, decreasing the likelihood of side effects. It is quicker, safer and more comfortable for the patient, and you have greater confidence that the block will work. “Ultrasound guidance is now an established procedure at the Salford Royal , and we have a large number of FUJIFILM SonoSite systems that are used for both regional anaesthesia and vascular access....

Point-of-care ultrasound is a hit in paediatric intensive care

Ultrasound technology is helping the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at King’s College Hospital to rapidly obtain vascular access in critically ill patients. Dr Akash Deep, Director of PICU, explained: “PICU treats patients ranging in age from just a few days old to 18 years, effectively young adults. In many of these patients, for example a child in septic shock, vascular access must be obtained without delay, and we rely on ultrasound for this procedure. Until recently, this was performed using a hand-held system that was quite old, and we could not always obtain the image quality we needed.”

“Our theatres are equipped with point-of-care ultrasound systems. We used one of these for a PICU patient where vascular access was proving particularly difficult, and were amazed by the difference it made; within minutes, an arterial line was in...

SonoSite representatives joined Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) at Audley End House in Essex on the 25th June as the charity celebrated its 20th anniversary and unveiled its rebranded fleet – including the first public appearance of its recently purchased Augusta Westland AW169 helicopter – at an open day attended by 3,000 people. The spacious new helicopter, one of two operated by EHAAT, offers virtually 360 degree patient access and is equipped with highly specialised and advanced life-saving equipment, including point-of-care ultrasound for management of cardiac arrest and advanced life support.

EHAAT is equipped with five FUJIFILM SonoSite iViz systems, which are an ideal size for use on the aircraft or at the scene of an emergency. Vanessa Wickens, UK Education Manager and Clinical Apps Lead for FUJIFILM SonoSite, said: “We work closely with EHAAT, helping to train its critical care paramedics in the use of point-of-care ultrasound....