Dr Susanna Price.
Royal Brompton Hospital in London, said to be home to the UK’s largest specialist heart and lung centre, uses a SonoSite M-Turbo point-of-care ultrasound system for emergency focused transthoracic echocardiography.
Consultant cardiologist and intensivist Dr Susanna Price explained: “The MTurbo is solely dedicated to emergency use on the ICU. Fast boot-up is a great advantage in life-threatening situations, and being equipped with a cardiac package and a vascular probe means it serves a dual purpose.”
“We use ultrasound guidance for all our central venous access, for performing pleural drainage and, in emergency situations we use the M-Turbo for focused transthoracic echocardiography. We have retrieved patients from other units where the availability of ultrasound equipment including echocardiography capability cannot be guaranteed, and the M-Turbo has been very useful as a hand-carried system in these circumstances.”
See the full report on page 8 of the July 2011 issue of RAD Magazine.