Anaesthetists confidently visualise nerves

Dr Nathaniel Haslam performs a nerve block with the SonoSite M-Turbo.

Sunderland Royal Hospital has equipped a dedicated regional anaesthesia room with two SonoSite M-Turbo hand-­carried ultrasound systems to perform nerve blocks and improve theatre efficiency in trauma and orthopaedics.

Dr Nathaniel Haslam, consultant anaesthetist with a special interest in regional anaesthesia, said: “The use of ultrasound-guided procedures is an important factor in improving the speed and reliability of blocks and, combined with a dedicated regional anaesthesia room, has enabled us to carry out a higher proportion of the surgical lists as day cases – with better quality analgesia – leading to faster recovery and fewer side-effects.”

Dr Haslam said that, by performing blocks between cases in a different room, anaesthesia and surgery for consecutive procedures can overlap, offering considerable time savings.

See the full report on page 26 of the August 2012 issue of RAD Magazine.

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