Description of Medical ServiceUltrasound imaging is used in a variety of clinical situations, to improve patient safety during anaesthesia for a wide range of surgical procedures. In particular it is used to assist vascular access procedures, and local anaesthetic nerve blockade.
Description of Medical ConditionUltrasound scanning has two main applications in anaesthesia practice. It is used to accurately localise major blood vessels, for the purpose of vascular catheterisation, and to localise individual nerves, for the purpose of local anaesthetic blockade. The ability to view the target vessel/nerve in real time, as opposed to blind injection based on knowledge of anatomy (which can vary), improves the safety of such procedures, by decreasing the probability of inadvertent damage to the vessel/nerve, and other nearby anatomical structures. These complications of inadvertent needle placement can be life-threatening. Ultrasound also provides benefits by increasing the success rate of such procedures, in comparison to blind techniques.
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PICO Confirmation13 – 14 December 2012
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PASC16 to 17 August 2012
13 to 14 December 2012