A new point-of-care ultrasound system could help to guide clinicians during acute care procedures such as regional anaesthesia, pain medication delivery and examination of critically ill patients.
The Sparq system (pictured) from Philips Healthcare, launched at this year’s MEDICA congress, is a mobile device designed to provide immediate, user-friendly ultrasound imaging in the operating room or at the patient bedside.
Key features of Sparq include:
• It is the first ultrasound system with a touchscreen for control, which assists infection control as well as providing a simple interface.
• It can be set to Simplicity Mode, a one-touch solution that presents only the functions needed most often.
• Its AutoSCAN feature adjusts the image while scanning, reducing the need for manual adjustment.
• Its Needle Visualisation feature provides rapid and accurate needle guidance.
Sparq offers a wide range of specific clinical applications for emergency medicine, critical care, regional anaesthesia and pain medication for specific regions of the body.
Further service capabilities can be added to the system, such as online clinical or technical support and proactive patient monitoring.
“The simplicity of its design and the intuitiveness of its user interface make Sparq a pleasure to use,” said Barry Nichols, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.
“Sparq’s ergonomically efficient controls and high-resolution screen really benefit our clinicians’ day-to-day workflows. A compact and highly mobile device, it is also perfect to use in the operating theatre environment.”
Conrad Smits, Philips Healthcare’s General Manager, Ultrasound, commented: “A great deal of effort went into Sparq’s features and design to meet the specific needs of our point-of-care customers. Our goal is for Sparq to simplify the use of ultrasound for clinicians.”
Based in the Netherlands, Philips Healthcare is a market-leading supplier of solutions for cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare.