First Responder Tips For Using A Portable Ultrasound Machine In The Field

With the rapid advancement in medical technology, more and more first responders are being given access to valuable tools such as portable ultrasound machines. Using a portable ultrasound machine allows first responders to more quickly and accurately diagnose medical problems in the field. In addition, the portable machine can be used to assist with procedures such as IV placements and intubations.

While portable ultrasound machines are low-cost and easy to use, professional training is very important. Training and experience over time will make you very skilled at using the ultrasound machine and it will prove to be a vital help in the field.

To increase your ultrasound skills, follow these tips: 

Tip: Read the Training Manual for Your Portable Ultrasound Machine

While the training manual or user manual for your model of portable ultrasound machine might not be the most exciting reading you do today, it very well could be the most important thing. Knowing how to adjust your machine when images aren't looking clear is the difference between a good scan and a bad one. To this end, it is important you know how to adjust the:

  • brightness
  • contrast
  • gain
  • image clarity

In addition, there are automatic preset options for various body parts and those each have specific instructions you need to be familiar with. The more familiar you are with the machine and it's adjustments, then the better and more accurate your scans in the field will be.

Tip: Relax, Center Yourself, and Don't Rush the Scan

When you are ready to scan the patient, it is important that you take a quick second to breathe deep, center yourself, and then start the scan. When the adrenaline in your system from the accident makes you feel excited, it is easy to scan too quickly and miss important information. Scan the patient by moving the probe slowly across their skin. Use an ample dab of conductivity gel for the clearest images.

Tip: Record the Scan's Images for the Patient's Medical Record

Finally, all professional-grade portable ultrasound machines have ports that allow their scan images to be uploaded to a laptop or thumb drive. When you scan a patient in the field, you should always upload the images so they can be included in their medical record. Many first responders skip this important step because it takes extra time. However, archiving your scans helps protect your interests and license in the case of a future lawsuit or other legal action.

For more information and assistance, contact a company that has a portable ultrasound for sale.