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New ER Ultrasound Technology at OSMH

4/24/2009 12:00:00 AM

(Friday, April 24, 2009 - Orillia, ON) – Emergency Department physicians at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) have a new tool at their disposal to help assess patients who may be in need of critical care.


It’s a portable ultrasound machine that provides ER physicians with a quick glimpse inside a patient’s body to help determine the potential extent of an injury or illness and chart the best course of treatment. 


While not a replacement for more robust technology available in the hospital’s diagnostic imaging department, the portable ultrasound machine plays an instrumental role toward enhancing patient safety and overall efficiency of patient care.


“It’s more like a sophisticated stethoscope,” according to Dr. Tim Tigchelaar, one of the ER physicians, along with Dr. Aaron Barnett, who’ve helped bring the technology to OSMH. “Where a stethoscope allows you to hear inside someone’s body, this technology provides us with the added visual dimension that allows us to see what may or may not be happening.” 


Dr. Tigchelaar cites a hypothetical example of a child who is taken to the Emergency Department after falling off a bicycle and suffers an injury to the stomach.  


“The patient may look alright, have good colour, heart rate is fine, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t blood in the abdomen that would result in a more immediate course of action than his external symptoms may dictate.” 


The conditions that physicians are looking for by using the portable ultrasound are;  fluid in the abdomen as a result of a blunt penetrating trauma, fluid around the heart, enlargement of the abdominal aorta which may suggest a rupture, or evidence of an intrauterine pregnancy. 


“It is not a diagnostic modality per se,” explained Dr. Tigchelaar.  “It’s basically a more sophisticated screening tool.  With this tool, we would not be looking for cancer or a person’s gallbladder condition for example.  That type of diagnosis would require more formal imaging in our radiology department and further tests would be arranged by the emergency physician.”


Training on the new technology started in the Fall of 2008 which allowed physicians to begin use of the machine to ‘rule-in’ a condition but not to ‘rule-out’.


The next step in the training process is achieving accreditation status through CEUS (Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society) which will begin through another series of training sessions at OSMH in May and June.   Once accreditation has been achieved, physicians will be able to use the technology to both rule-in and rule-out conditions. 


Volunteer Patients Needed

Volunteer patients are required for the upcoming training sessions at OSMH. Volunteers would play the role of a patient and be scanned using the new technology.


The training dates are May 8-9, June 5-6 and June 19-20 and volunteers would be required for a half-day.  If you are interested in volunteering for the training sessions, or for more information about what it entails, please contact Julia at ultraosmh@live.com



Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is a 230-bed hospital located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) that serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. While it remains Orillia’s community hospital, OSMH has a new role as a regional healthcare centre. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      

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