FUJIFILM SonoSite’s Technological Advancements are Expanding the Prospects of Point-of-care Ultrasound in India

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (Business Wire India)

FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., the world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound brings world-class physician training and education to acute care physicians in India with its first International Workshop on Ultrasound Assessment of Shock on 12th – 13th, November 2013 in Mumbai and introduces its newest product, X-Porte – the World’s First Ultrasound Kiosk.

FUJIFILM SonoSite’s Technological Advancements are Expanding the Prospects of Point-of-care Ultrasound in India

Use of ultrasound in assessment of shock has proven to be a valuable and rapid tool for aiding non-invasive diagnosis and determining patient care. Rapid shock assessment in critical patients can be challenging for even seasoned clinicians. Moreover, the accompanying high morbidity and mortality means that accurate decision making is imperative. However, many acute care physicians globally are not trained in their medical curriculum on use of ultrasound in delivery of patient care.

Dr. Diku Mandavia, Senior Vice-President, Chief Medical Officer, FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc. shared, “Patients in shock have high mortality rates; therefore, diagnosis and initial care must be accurate and prompt to optimize patient outcomes. India is adopting latest technologies and point-of-care ultrasound technology has been gradually integrated into Emergency and Critical Care Departments.”

India’s first international workshop on use of ultrasound in assessment of shock is a pioneering initiative by FUJIFILM SONOSITE to train acute care physicians on effective use of point-of-care ultrasound techniques in shock assessment and identification of potential causes of shock, and resulting patient management and care. The training program includes a combination of hands-on ultrasound training, lectures by leading experts on shock assessment and, pre-course teaching materials.

“Point of care ultrasound has transformed the way we manage critically ill patients by augmenting physicians’ clinical skills with visually enhanced condition assessment, patient management and critical decision making. Dissemination of knowledge and skills on effective use of point of care ultrasound in acute care is of paramount importance in providing quality of care when it matters the most,” said Dr. Sanjeev Bhoi, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine, JPN Apex Trauma Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

“Since 2006, we have had a mutually beneficial partnership with Sonosite India Pvt. Ltd. and have conducted several high quality workshops on aspects pertaining to regional anaesthesia and central venous access. These workshops have certainly disseminated knowledge among anaesthetists on the utility of ultrasound guidance to improve precision and reliability of nerve blocks and venous access”, said Dr. TVS Gopal, Director, Axon Anaesthesia Associates, Dept of Anaesthesia, Care Hospitals, Hyderabad.

“The Academy of Regional Anaesthesia of India has conducted three national conferences to educate anaesthetists across the country of pertinent recent advances in this field, specifically, ultrasound guidance for nerve blocks, which is being hailed as the current gold standard,” Dr. Gopal added.

FUJIFILM SonoSite considers physician education and training so critical in the use of POC ultrasound, that it integrated education and learning in its newest generation of point-of-care ultrasound: the X-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk being unveiled to India at this workshop. The kiosk integrates high-resolution ultrasound imaging synchronously with 3D animations that enable “any user, any time of day” to use POC ultrasound in patient management. This unique design was developed by SonoSite in partnership with Henry Ford Hospital Chair of Surgery Scott Dulchavsky, MD, PhD, who has pioneered medical training tutorials for astronauts. Real-time learning on the product enables any and all members of a healthcare team—nurses, mid-level providers, and even a physician-hospital administrator—to be empowered to take advantage of X-Porte’s high-performance visualization.

Speaking on the occasion, Pavan Behl, Director and General Manager – India & Middle East, FUJIFILM SonoSite India Pvt. Ltd, said, “Timely and accurate care of critically ill patients in India is a challenging task and to manage such situations, we at FUJIFILM SonoSite India work towards bringing quality point-of-care ultrasound to the patients in hospital and out of hospital through our cutting-edge products, education and training.

“We believe that education and training combined with technical talent, critical decision making ability, and Imagination together make point-of-care ultrasound a lifesaving tool and improving care delivery and patient satisfaction in India. For this purpose, we have partnered with leading Indian institutions, associations and medical centres to provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physicians, nurses and other clinicians and helping deliver the best possible care to the society. Going forward, we plan to hold many more similar workshops in various cities to provide education & training to physicians wanting to integrate point-of-care ultrasound in their daily practice,” Mr. Behl added.

About FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.

SonoSite helped pioneer the concept of portable, point-of-care ultrasound, and it continues to be a world-leading manufacturer and innovator of bedside ultrasound systems as well as an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, USA, the company is represented by 26 subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. SonoSite’s portable, 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. For more information, please visit: www.sonositeindia.in

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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