Friday April 19, 2013

BENNINGTON -- Thanks to a donation, the local hospital’s emergency room now has a portable ultrasound machine that will allow doctors to quickly diagnose internal maladies so better treatment can be provided.

The Phillips Sparq ultrasound machine was put into use in February, said Southwestern Vermont Health Care Spokesman Kevin Robinson. The device costs about $50,000 and was bought using money donated by Myra Packman and David Meiselman, a couple from Dorset who work as attorneys. Meiselman is also a member of SVHC’s Board of Trustees.

The ultrasound machine in the emergency room can be moved anywhere in the room and is designed to be used quickly. Normally an ultrasound device has multiple complex settings, but this one can be adjusted more easily, said Robinson. It can still do the things a regular ultrasound device can, said Robinson.

"It’s extremely useful in evaluating trauma patients and making procedures safer and more comfortable. For example, when faced with a difficult IV, we can use the ultrasound to image the vein, which helps us successfully insert the IV," said Dr. Adam Cohen, medical director of SVMC’s emergency department in a released statement.

"Myra and I feel honored to be able to give to SVMC," said Meiselman in a release. "Too often, people don’t appreciate our community hospitals until they save our lives or the lives of our friends and family. When we found out that the SVMC ER needed a new ultrasound, Myra and I knew that this was something we wanted to do."

The device gets regular use, said Robinson, going to action sometimes twice a day.