GE Healthcare Procare Monitor B450, $25,500
Monitors ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory, parameters such as inspired oxygen and exhaled carbon dioxide, oxygen saturation of hemoglobin by pulse oximetry, temperature and inspired exhaled concentration of the anesthetic being used. These monitors allow us to provide constant and accurate monitoring of our patients to ensure the utmost quality of care and patient safety.
Sonosite Edge II Portable Ultrasound $37,000
Anesthesia services have noted improved accuracy of regional nerve blocks with local anesthetics when they are done using ultrasound guidance. Many nerve blocks, such as femoral nerve block for hindlimb surgery, are now done to enhance the level of intra-operative and post-operative pain relief that we can achieve. Our second goal for the use of this ultrasound machine is to measure the response of the heart to intravenous fluids. In some critically ill patients, it can be difficult to know if low blood pressure is due to poor blood volume or dilation of blood vessels. Using ultrasound, we can evaluate the heart's response to a bolus dose of intravenous fluids and assess whether further IV fluid therapy would be appropriate.
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