Point-of-care ultrasound system installed at Royal Hallamshire Hospital
The Neurosurgical Critical Care Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield has recently taken delivery of its first FUJIFILM SonoSite X-Porte point-of-care ultrasound system, giving staff the ability to perform transthoracic echocardiograms (TTEs) on demand.
Dr David Turnbull, a consultant anaesthetist specialising in neurosurgical care at the hospital, said: “Bedside TTE is becoming increasingly commonplace in a critical care setting, providing valuable information about a patient’s pre- or post-operative condition that can help to direct their care. Previously, we have relied on borrowing a portable instrument from the radiology or cardiology departments, but the systems are in high demand, making availability an issue.”
He added: “When we looked at purchasing our own instrument, we asked the radiology department for a recommendation and they performed a side-by-side comparison between the X-Porte and two portable instruments from another manufacturer. Despite the sonographer having no previous experience with SonoSite equipment, the X¬Porte was the clear winner in terms of image quality and ease of use. The large screen makes it easy to see the structures of interest – it is really well thought through and easily tips and tilts to the right angle – and the probes are very robust. The system is really simple to operate, and the built-in educational package is very good; it’s like having a tutor sat next to you.
“The X-Porte has ticked all the boxes for us for developing an inhouse transthoracic echocardiogram service for the unit. We now have an intuitive piece of equipment that anyone can use and, so far, I’ve not heard a single negative comment about it.”