ULTRASOUND MACHINE SHOWS ITS UTILITY
When Dana Ruddy was rushed into the Jasper emergency room, doctors used the community’s Ultrasound machine to help determine the extent of his internal injuries.
When he heard about the incident, Dr. Declan Unsworth, a biking partner and friend of Ruddy’s, rushed into the Jasper Seton Healthcare Centre to assist. Unsworth said the team scanned Ruddy’s abdomen, lung and heart with the portable ultrasound. They were looking for bleeding, air between the chest wall and lung, and fluid which could have compressed the heart, adversely affecting cardiac output.
Unsworth said what they found made a difference in how he was treated and what they communicated to their Edmonton-based colleagues.
“It helped to give everyone involved some peace of mind. He was pretty banged up and the likelihood of potential life-threatening injuries was high.
Thankfully his initial ultrasound assessments were negative,” he said. The Ultrasound Machine was purchased in 2014 after the community raised more than $85,000 to acquire the specialized medical equipment. - BC
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