Learning point-of-care ultrasound is a valuable tool for successful dialysis fistula surgery, allowing pre‑operative mapping to find a suitable site and post‑operative fistula scanning to check for stenosis and adequate blood flow. Anna Jerram, a clinical vascular scientist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, discusses the role POC ultrasound played during a recent trip to the Gambia to provide critical fistula surgery to patients.
Ultrasound has established itself as an indispensable technique in anaesthesia, A&E and ITU departments, alongside emergency pre-hospital assessment. However, as ultrasound becomes a requirement in medical training and doctors progress through junior hospital posts to general practice, we can expect to see a greater adoption of ultrasound in primary care as its applications become more widely known.
NICE guidelines for ultrasound-guided placement of central venous lines in adults and children were first issued in the UK in October 2002. Dr James Bennett, Consultant Anaesthetist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, discusses how the debate has since moved on from whether ultrasound should be used for vascular access, to what other information and safety assurances it can provide, especially in paediatrics.
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.
FUJIFILM SonoSite continues to lead the way in ultrasound training and education, helping clinicians to develop and maintain their practical skills in a variety of disciplines.
London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital relies on point-of-care ultrasound to help assess and treat patients in its emergency department.
Sportsmen and women on the Channel Island of Jersey are benefitting from the introduction of point-of-care ultrasound.
Central line complications: they’re risky, costly, and all-around burden to healthcare. Whether it’s CLABSIs or iatrogenic pneumothoraces, CVC complications are not just terrifying for patients and unnerving for doctors; they are also costly for medical facilities.
Point-of-care ultrasound systems are now a ubiquitous sight in UK hospitals, with applications across virtually every discipline from anaesthesia to palliative care. Despite this, training in ultrasound use occurs on an ad hoc basis in many specialties, and is not a component of the formal curriculum for general medical students.