A new hand-held ultrasound device — which is heralded to be the “stethoscope of tomorrow” — is in use now at the newly expanded Augusta Health Emergency Department (ED), thanks to a grant from the Augusta Health Foundation.
Each year, the Foundation Board and its Grants Committee fund projects at Augusta Health using unrestricted gifts from the previous year. In 2018, the Foundation pumped more than $54,000 into innovative projects at Augusta Health. Successful projects must have a positive impact on healthcare delivery in the community by:
- Improving the patient care experience;
- Improving the quality of care provided; and/or
- Decreasing the cost of care.
The new ultrasound device is helping physicians diagnose certain conditions quickly and without radiation.
“We believe that, in time, the hand-held ultrasound device will become the new stethoscope for physicians,” says Adam Rochman, MD, medical director of Augusta Health’s ED. “It is fairly easy to use and provides us with high-quality images without radiation exposure to patients. This allows for a more rapid diagnosis.”
Dr. Rochman expects the most common use for the device will be to diagnose trauma patients at the bedside for life-threatening bleeding. This new technology will also be used to evaluate kidney stones, deep vein thrombosis, pregnancy and gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis). It will also allow for echocardiograms of the heart.
“We are so fortunate to have the Foundation to support this type of initiative,” Dr. Rochman says. “This is the second year that the Emergency Department staff has been the recipient of a grant, and it has made such an impact on our patients.”