BOTHELL, Wash., Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- (Booth # 641) – FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), and part of the greater Fujifilm Healthcare portfolio, will exhibit numerous solutions designed to aid healthcare professionals in a variety of anesthetic procedures including ultrasound-guided needle placements and nerve blocks at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019, the American Society of Anesthesiology's annual meeting (ASA 2019) held October 19-23, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
"Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are progressively using ultrasound-guided needle placement to improve operating efficiency while decreasing placement complications and patient discomfort," said Rich Fabian, President and Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. "As our society continues to fight the opioid epidemic, we're proud to educate ASA attendees on pain management alternatives, such as ultrasound-guided nerve blocks, to help turn the tide on this public health crisis."
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From treating acute traumatic pain to identifying new ways of alleviating patient suffering, anesthesiologists are also tasked with avoiding potentially addictive narcotics. Innovative methods like ultrasound-guided nerve blocks can take patient pain from 10 to 0 in a matter of minutes, while Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs that include ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (USGRA) are designed to minimize the effects of surgical stress, better manage post-procedural pain, and safely facilitate early discharge. Saint Mary's Hospital of Waterbury, Connecticut, has an ERAS program that reduced patients' consumption of opioids by 60%. Many of the patients were able to avoid narcotic use entirely while reporting that their postsurgical pain was well controlled with USGRA and non-narcotic medications.
Beyond the Block - Ultrasound for Perioperative Care
POCUS is becoming an increasingly essential component of perioperative care as anesthesiologists take on new pain management responsibilities before, during and after surgery. Several applications, such as aiding in local anesthetic placement, and helping determine and prevent post-operative complications, deem POCUS an invaluable tool. Common perioperative ultrasound applications include:
Hemodynamic monitoring and volume status management