Lewis & Summers PR
FORT BRAGG, Calif. – April 9, 2010 – A new, state-of-the-art portable ultrasound machine in the Mendocino Coast District Hospital emergency department is helping physicians make more rapid diagnosis and treatment decisions. The money for the $70,000 life-saving device was raised in just five minutes from 65 donors at the 2009 WineSong fundraiser held by the Hospital Foundation.
“It’s an incredibly useful tool we can use for diagnosing a huge range of injuries or conditions right at the patient bedside and there is no radiation involved,” explained Tamaki Kimbro, M.D., chief of the ER, who wrote personal thank you letters to each of the 65 donors.
Dr. Kimbro said the ultrasound can illuminate foreign bodies in soft tissue, such as splinters, that don’t show up in X-rays, detect an ectopic pregnancy or even blood in the belly from a trauma.
A San Francisco ER physician with extensive experience using the device gave local emergency room physicians two days of training before it was put into service.
To read more about the Sonosite M-Turbo Portable Ultrasound, visit http://www.sonosite.com/products/m-turbo/
Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering a wide range of services including 24-hour emergency care, a wellness center, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, laboratory, rehabilitation and primary care services. For more information, visit www.MCDH.org.