ERLANGEN. The first few minutes are instrumental in emergency situations. A new portable ultrasound device from Siemens Medical Systems supports medical personnel in these efforts.
The device, known as Acuson P10, is a hand-held device intended for
complementary initial diagnostic care and triage, particularly in cardiology,
emergency care and obstetrics. It is poised to change the physical exam by providing
immediate information to health care providers at the earliest possible patient
intervention points, such as intensive care units, ambulances and medical
The advantages of the new system are its portability, easy handling as
well as its fast and consistent availability to the physician. The device is barely larger
than a Blackberry and weighs just a little more than 700 grams.
In emergency situations, for example, this translates into earlier, faster and more accurate screening and triage decisions. Its emergency applications include FAST (Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma) for detecting fluid, determining cardiac activity and pericardial effusion as well as for detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms and performing pelvic exams.
“Instead of having to rush the patient to the technology, P10 brings the technology to the patient, which can reduce critical minutes, particularly when a patient is in cardiac distress or with trauma patients, who have multiple injuries,” says Klaus Hambuechen, head of the Ultrasound Division of Siemens Medical Solutions. “The flexibility and portability of the P10 mark significant changes in the way diagnostic and emergency care are administered, changes that could alter the face of the physical exam and, ultimately, lead to better patient outcomes.”