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We are raising money this hour for a Pocket Ultrasound.
The device costs $22,500 and we need 105 Miracle Makers to buy 1 for the Department of Anesthesia.
- The V-Scan Pocket Ultrasound is just that – a pocket-sized portable ultrasound device weighing less than a pound that Anesthesiologists can carry around with them.
- Ultrasound is not just for determining the gender of a baby. Medical schools now have curriculums that focus on ultrasound education and medical students must learn various life saving ultrasound diagnostic skills before they can graduate.
- Anesthesiologists care for patients all over the hospital – in the OR, on the units, in our pain clinics, in ICU and some of us are part of the Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team. To work with kids, we must complete additional pediatric anesthesia training to gain expertise in anesthetising and managing infants and children’s airways, to provide pain control and life support and resuscitation in the OR when required.
- Anesthesiologists are often called to the units for:
- Difficult IV starts (5-10/week)
- To help provide pain control on the units and occasionally to offer a nerve block to a child before or after their surgery at the bedside
- To help place nasal gastric tubes in children undergoing cancer treatment.
- To assist our oncologists with difficult lumbar punctures in order to provide chemotherapy
- Pediatric Anesthesiologists perform the following procedures in the OR and on the units:
- Difficult IV and arterial line placements
- Nerve blocks to help reduce the need for drugs like morphine and fentanyl
- Central line access
- Heart and lung assessments
- Challenging Intubations (Ultrasound not used for intubations)
Anesthesiologists rely on their specialized training and in-depth knowledge of anatomy to place their needles, lines and catheters, and occasionally to confirm proper placement of an endotracheal tube following an intubation. It is often challenging to get IV, arterial or central line access in our sick newborns and young children as their veins are nearly invisible. In these cases they need technology to help make informed and safe decisions. And they need it fast. This is where the V-Scan Pocket Ultrasound comes in and how it can help improve safety and patient comfort at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.