The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased interest in the use of handheld ultrasound devices as they simplify infection control procedures and take up little space in emergency rooms crowded with critical care equipment.
As a result, multiple manufacturers have responded by developing new, lower-cost devices.
What Makes Portable Ultrasounds So Popular?
1. Fast & Accurate Diagnosis
Having a portable ultrasound machine in any medical practice can help facilitate a more accurate and efficient diagnosis. Portable medical equipment can be moved from room to room instead of having to look for an available machine. This allows doctors to give patients a focused, thorough, and immediate exam in whichever consulting room the patients are located. This new process can lead to a more precise diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
2. Increased Efficiency Due to Accessibility
Having portable medical equipment at hand helps doctors make quick evaluations and treat patients faster and in a more effective manner. Private clinics are often pressed for time, so having to redirect patients to another ultrasound facility and then waiting for the reports to arrive can delay treatment delivery. Readily accessible equipment can play a huge role in improving the timeliness and quality of healthcare services.
Having equipment that can be moved to the bedside or wherever the patient is located, is necessary as it preempts the need to redirect senior patients to a hospital or another facility for an ultrasound scan. In the case of home visits, doctors can benefit from portable equipment, which allows them to diagnose and administer treatment in a single visit.
3. Patient Convenience
Moving patients to another room for an evaluation can not only eat into limited clinic hours but can also cause patients physical inconvenience. During peak hours, this can become a problem by leading to queues of patients waiting to be examined.
Situations like these can be resolved with the help of portable ultrasound equipment which can be quickly moved to where the patients are located. Doctors can then conduct an immediate assessment of their condition.
This helps save time, which is a valuable commodity in today’s fast-paced scenario and increases convenience for both medical professionals and patients, leading to improved patient outcomes. In cases of critical illness, immediate diagnosis and treatment administration can even save lives.
4. Low Cost
For medical facilities and clinics, a major obstacle to buying ultrasound equipment is the huge purchase cost. However portable ultrasound machines are relatively much more cost-efficient, in comparison to regular systems. The relatively low cost of portable equipment makes it practical for facilities to even equip each department or room with a separate machine. But if that’s not feasible, a single portable system can be shared between multiple rooms, further reducing the overall equipment cost for healthcare entities.
5. Enhanced Capabilities
Ultrasound manufacturers are adding more and more features and imaging capabilities to portable medical equipment. This is done in an effort to make them more suitable for a variety of specialties and even critical care settings like the emergency department, operating room, and trauma center, to name just a few.
6. Usefulness in Preliminary Medical Investigation
Having equipment that can be moved to the bedside or wherever the patient is located is necessary as it preempts the need to redirect senior patients to a hospital or another facility for an ultrasound scan. In the case of home visits, doctors can benefit from portable equipment, which allows them to diagnose and administer treatment in a single visit.
In emergency settings too, they prove to be extremely valuable as they can be used to conduct medical investigations like checking for internal bleeding or the extent of organ damage. Even in private practice they can help conduct preliminary investigations. This helps evaluate the severity of the condition, prompting further tests.
Given the enormous amount of benefits offered by portable medical equipment, it’s no surprise that more facilities are using portable ultrasound to cover their daily diagnostic needs.
If you’re looking for the right portable ultrasound system or console unit for your clinic or would like to upgrade your ultrasound machine, Dawei Medical has a full range of machines from reputable manufacturers.