2013-01-25 13:00:40 - Pleural services at the University Hospital Llandough (UHL), Cardiff, have been significantly improved by SonoSite’s S-ICU™ ultrasound system, according to Dr Helen Davies, Consultant Chest Physician at UHL.
“UHL provides services to a population of just over 500,000 in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, as well as receiving referrals from the whole of South Wales for procedures such as endobronchial ultrasound. The S-ICU was purchased as part of an initiative to establish a more formal pleural service; having a dedicated clinic and ultrasound room helps us to treat patients in a more organised, timely manner, which makes a considerable difference. The system itself is straightforward to use and the image quality is good. It is very portable and can easily be transferred to different areas of the hospital, such as intensive care, if required, and images can also be stored for review, which is ideal for training
Dr Davies added: “Previously, patients on the ward needing a pleural procedure would be referred to radiology for an ultrasound scan, and then be transferred back to the ward for treatment. Using the S-ICU, we can now perform an ultrasound scan and guided aspiration at the same time. This is safer for patients and streamlines the process, allowing us to increase the number of pleural procedures performed. It has changed what we do completely, helping to reduce the time from referral to procedure and giving new patients a far swifter diagnosis.”
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