A new ultrasound machine has been delivered to the Injune Multipurpose Health Service as part of a program to give local doctors improved emergency assessment tools.
South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Linda Patat says the new $60,000 ultrasound was part of a health service-wide program that had started earlier in the year with Cunnamulla and Mungindi.
“As well as Cunnamulla and Mungindi, and now Injune, we plan to install similar ultrasounds in other smaller facilities in the South West that have doctors on site. Cunnamulla and Mungindi were used as pilot sites and have shown the usefulness of having these ultrasounds available.’’
Injune MPHS Director of Nursing Shirley Tyrie says the ultrasound machine is a new piece of equipment not previously available before at the hospital.
“It will be used by local doctors in emergency cases to gauge the extent of injuries and other trauma to a patient.’’
“This information will then help them decide whether the patient can continue to be treated locally or whether they require transfer to a larger centre within the South West or outside our region.”
Ms Patat says all rural and emergency doctors, along with anaesthetists, nowadays received basic training in the use of ultrasound equipment for emergency assessment of patients.
“So, it makes sense to have this equipment available for them to use. Using ultrasound equipment for emergency assessment is not the same as using it for detailed diagnostic purposes, such as ultrasounds to investigate organ or tissue functions.”
“The machines we have chosen to start introducing to medically-staffed facilities can be used for the full range of assessment and diagnostic functions if required.”
“We can upload imagery from them electronically to send to diagnostic specialists at a larger facility within the South West or further afield for further interpretation and analysis that can then be fed back to the treating doctor on-site.’’