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Mundy L, Hiller JE. Hand-held portable mini ultrasounds for applications including emergency rooms and ambulances. Adelaide: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA). Horizon Scanning Prioritising Summary Volume 26. 2010
Hand-held ultrasounds may be used for a number of disparate purposes, including ambulatory emergency situations, intensive care units and cardiac assessments. There were no published studies describing the use of the smaller, personal ultrasound devices. It is clear that this is a rapidly developing field and that all studies using the larger, portable ultrasounds reported favourable outcomes with additional diagnostic information added from the use of these devices. It would be prudent to await outcome data from the trial of the NanoMaxx in the Queensland Ambulance Service.There is a clear clinical need for hand-held ultrasound devices especially in emergency situations. It would appear that the technology is advancing rapidly and that many clinicians may choose to use a hand-held device as an adjunct to clinical decision making. It is likely that this technology will diffuse naturally into the Australasian health scene and hospitals and/or clinicians will make individual decisions on whether or not to purchase this device. HealthPACT will assess any feedback from the introduction of these devices into the Queensland Ambulance Service, however in the short-term no further review by HealthPACT on this technology is required.
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Ambulances; Emergency Service, Hospitals; Miniaturization; Ultrasonography /instrumentation
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Adelaide Health Technology Assessment, University of Adelaide, Discipline of Public Health, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, Mail Drop DX650545, SA 5005 Adelaide Australia Email: email@example.com
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