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Diagnosing patients faster with POCUS

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John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Patients at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are now diagnosed with greater confidence and speed with Mindray’s TE7 ACE point of care ultrasound system.

In 2019 Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) began a project to expand the ultrasound capabilities of the Emergency Department, led by emergency medical consultant Dr Priyadarshini Marathe, aiming to improve the speed, accuracy and volume of diagnosis and referrals. Having highlighted point of care ultrasound (POCUS) as a key driver for success, the Trust began to search for devices that were cost-effective and flexible enough to perform across multiple departments, with the Adult Ambulatory Unit and Adult Intensive Care Units also joining the project. After a five-week trial period, the Trust initially purchased seven Mindray TE7 ultrasound systems to boost its POCUS capabilities in both the Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals.

 

“These devices are easy-to-use and clean, with the screen-lock and lack of buttons and crevices proving well suited to our pandemic response. Due to the excellent value offered by Mindray we were able to increase the speed of our diagnosis as well as expand our teaching and POCUS capacity beyond our initial expectations.”

Dr. Priyadarshini Marathe, consultant in emergency medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

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COVID-19 response

Devices that are manoeuvrable and easy to sterilise have gained new recognition during the coronavirus pandemic, with users able to follow pandemic protocols and still deliver consistent care in different clinical environments. As a result, the TE7’s nimble trolley design and wipe-down touchscreen were highlighted by the Trust as important factors in the continued delivery of POCUS during the pandemic. Validated with all leading UK cleaning agents, the TE7 allowed clinicians to safely move around their departments during the pandemic, delivering POCUS rapidly and effectively under stringent sterilisation guidelines.

 

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Outcomes

 

Conclusion

Thanks to the TE7, patients at Oxford University Hospitals are now diagnosed and referred with greater confidence and speed, saving vital time in the patient journey. By increasing ultrasound capabilities beyond initial expectations with devices suited to their pandemic protocols, clinicians were also able to deliver POCUS more effectively during the peak of COVID-19.

Providing a range of comprehensive features for now and in future, the TE7 devices have also helped clinicians in the emergency department continue their role as global leaders in innovation and education.

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Published January 5, 2021