Utility of Point-of-care Ultrasound (POCUS) has significantly expanded over the last ten years across India and South Asia region. These compactly designed systems can be easily mobilized (as compared to conventional bulky cart-based Ultrasound machines) for quick bedside evaluation of critically ill patients, and new mountable touchscreen systems with ‘zero footprint’ can easily fit in the space constraint rooms of hospitals. POCUS has emerged as a versatile tool that can augment the diagnostic accuracy of the traditional bedside assessment of patients. It has got tremendous potential to be utilized for different head-to-toe clinical diagnosis of patients & this technology is apt for assisting physicians during the procedural guidance.
The rising adoption of these devices by non-traditional users of ultrasound is due to the increased affordability, ease of use, mobility, and reliability of these systems. These devices not just help in reducing costs to the health system but also reduce the time required for diagnosis and decision making. Being compact in size, sterilization of the transducer and the machine is relatively easy, which made POCUS a widely used diagnostic tool, especially during the COVID pandemic era.
The POCUS does not limit its existence only in hospital environments but today it is extensively used in sports medicine, ambulatory care and for military expeditions as well. Bedside ultrasound is widely adopted in emerging care specialties because it can be performed quickly, helps physicians to make a fast diagnosis, reduces costs associated with clinical malpractices and assists in better patient outcomes.
Since point-of-care physicians have limited exposure of handling ultrasound in their practice, hence technology training plays a crucial role in upskilling, and with the right tools in hands these physicians can gain confidence to act which will ultimately lead to better patient care. Sonosite’s online and offline educational solutions are formulated to improve physicians’ knowledge of ultrasound practices and our company has partnered with clinician educators around the world to produce new specialty specific point-of-care ultrasound education resources.
Fujifilm Sonosite is not just committed to develop best in class ultrasound solutions, but also to enhance education among clinicians who use POCUS all over the world. This year Sonosite entity will be completing 15 years of direct presence in India and have been actively involved in upskilling ~ 1 Lac physicians across the subcontinent region. The company supports more than 150 ultrasound training programs every year (online as well as offline) across India and has installed more than 4000 ultrasound systems in most of the prestigious government medical institutions & leading private hospitals across the sub-continent region. We have progressive plans of spreading awareness on ethical use of diagnostic ultrasound technology & are pledged to impart ultrasound education of international standards to save precious lives. Sonosite believes that the best chance any patient has at getting better is a clinician at their bedside with the right answers, and the confidence to act.
Fujifilm Sonosite is the innovator and a world leader in bedside & point-of-care ultrasound, headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite’s compact systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care.
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Nitin Gupta, Country Manager – India & Subcontinent Region, Fujifilm Sonosite