By: 6 April 2016
SonoSite X-Porte™ proves a hit with A&E services in Chester

SonoSite X-Porte™ proves a hit with A&E services in Chester

The Emergency Department at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first sites in the UK to benefit from the advanced point-of-care ultrasound capabilities of Fujifilm SonoSite’s X-Porte™ system. Dr Mayooran Thevendra, a consultant in emergency medicine at the trust, explained: “We use ultrasound extensively in the department for FAST scans, ultrasound of aortas, vascular access and basic echocardiography. We were looking to replace our existing point-of-care ultrasound system just as the X-Porte was introduced, and were very impressed by its ease of use. We trialled several other systems, but none of them offered the same combination of simplicity and image quality.

“Its portability and ease of use have also led to us using the X-Porte more than our previous system. The needle visualisation software makes administering nerve blocks for pain relief incredibly easy; you can see exactly where the needle tip is in relation to the nerves and other structures, and we’re even starting to teach junior doctors this technique. The educational videos loaded onto the system are also particularly useful for training our middle grade doctors, as well as registrars rotating through the department as part of the Mersey Deanery of the School of Emergency Medicine, providing helpful insights that make it easier to get good images.”

Picture: Dr Mayooran Thevendra and colleagues are using an X-Porte point-of-care ultrasound system to help assess a wide range of patients in the Emergency Department

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