SonoSite's M-Turbo(R) Improves Efficiency In Sunderland's Dedicated Regional Block Room

Sunderland Royal Hospital has equipped a highly successful 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, explained: "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. By performing blocks between cases, in a different room, anaesthesia and surgery for consecutive procedures can overlap, offering considerable time savings."

"The M-Turbo's excellent image quality and resolution is particularly important for injecting nerves that could otherwise be difficult to visualise and place, and enables anaesthetists to confidently say how soon a block will take effect. It is very user friendly and exceptionally robust, which is ideal for the hospital theatre environment, and its portability allows the regional block team to attend patients throughout the hospital as required. Using point-of-care ultrasound systems to guide the blocks has contributed to a reduction in overnight patient stays and offers significant cost savings for the hospital. The overall efficiency in theatre has improved considerably, and we have seen a significant reduction in the length of hospital stay for many complex cases."

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SonoSite UK, Alexander House, 40A Wilbury Way, Hitchin SG4 0AP
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About SonoSite
SonoSite, Inc. (, a subsidiary of FUJIFILM, is the innovator and world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound and an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology and impedance cardiography equipment. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by ten subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. SonoSite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care.

SonoSite, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of SonoSite, Inc. based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, oversees a direct sales distribution network in the UK and provides sales and marketing support for SonoSite's European offices.


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