Wayne, N.J.-based Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. announces an agreement with Mercury Medical as the company’s distributor for ultrasound solutions in the anesthesia market. The agreement builds on Konica Minolta’s recent partnership with Medovate to provide a total solution promoting safer ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. The agreement, effective immediately, covers the distribution of the SonImage HS2 Compact Ultrasound System throughout the U.S.

“With the growing use of and interest in image-guided regional anesthesia, Konica Minolta recognized an opportunity to best serve the needs of providers and healthcare facilities by collaborating with Mercury Medical,” says Eric Sumner, executive vice president of ultrasound sales at Konica Minolta.

Summer adds, “Aligning with Mercury Medical provides anesthesiologists and medical centers with a familiar and trusted source for image-guided regional anesthesia solutions. Our companies have a common goal to maximize patient outcomes, and we are excited to partner with Mercury Medical to further enhance patient safety and clinical efficiency with our image-guided regional anesthesia solution.”

John Gargaro, MD, president and CEO at Mercury Medical, also spoke out about the agreement, commenting: “For more than 55 years, Mercury Medical has been dedicated to bringing high-quality, innovative solutions to the surgical, anesthesia, and airway management markets. Our agreement with Konica Minolta further extends our dedication to these industries as well as our companies’ shared commitment to delivering exceptional products and services that help make a difference in elevating the quality of patient care.”

The two companies have already partnered by promoting the HS2 system with Medovate’s SAFIRA™ (SAFer Injection for Regional Anesthesia) for a total solution that enhances patient safety and transforms regional anesthesia into a one-physician procedure by allowing a single anesthesiologist to conduct the entire procedure.