WAUWATOSA, WIS., September 29, 2009 – GE is helping to transform the delivery of patient care with Venue(tm) 40, a miniaturized ultrasound system with advanced touch-screen technology, launched by GE Healthcare,a business unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Venue 40 is portable, allowing physicians to quickly perform rapid diagnostics and needle-guided procedures right at a patient’s bedside, providing real-time results. Whether it is being used in the emergency room, operating room or sports medicine clinic, the lightweight system can be easily transported from location to location, offers high-resolution imaging, and is easy to both use and clean. Venue 40 is the first new-to-market product validated under GE’s healthymagination initiative, dedicated to improving the quality, access and cost of healthcare. 

 "The Venue 40 is a powerful, user-friendly ultrasound system that is helping to transform the patient experience by enabling doctors to deliver quality care at the patient bedside," said Omar Ishrak,
President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. "Services delivered at the point of care allow doctors to spend more time with their patients and can help enhance patient comfort and reduce anxiety. Venue 40 development is part of GE’s commitment to driving efficiencies in healthcare through technology that helps yield more rapid diagnosis, improved patient experiences and better outcomes."

Innovative design promotes ease of use

An intuitive touch screen and streamlined design that is free from buttons, knobs, or a keyboard make Venue 40 easy to use and clean. Its small size and sleek cart allows for real-time imaging in the smallest of clinical spaces, such as at the patient’s bedside or in a trauma bay. Physicians can quickly dock the compact ultrasound in the cart or table dock, without tools, and effectively perform scans and needle guidance at the bedside, enhancing patient comfort.

"The Venue 40 provides an easy-to-use ultrasound system with great image quality to improve care for critically ill patients in the emergency department who need rapid diagnosis and procedural ultrasound guidance," said Dr. John Bailitz, Emergency Ultrasound Co-Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rush University Medical School, Chicago, IL.

The Venue 40 has the potential to increase patient access to ultrasound, which may help the patient experience by potentially avoiding painful tests, minimizing the number of procedure attempts, such as needle
placement, and enabling care of complicated cases, like patients who are obese, elderly or critically ill.

"GE’s Venue 40 ultrasound system is a major advancement," said Dr. Jeff Swenson, Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah and Director of Anesthesia at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. "It’s extremely user friendly and offers very precise images."

Mobility helps transform patient care

The Venue 40 has five innovative applications, designed for specific procedures and diagnostic exams to meet the needs of various clinical settings:

*         Venue 40 Vascular Access: Allows placement of peripheral or central lines with exceptional visualization of anatomy and needle at the bedside.

*         Venue 40 Anesthesia: Increases precision and clinical confidence with clear visualization of both anatomy and needle for performing regional nerve blocks.

*         Venue 40 Interventional: Visualizes biopsy guidance, line placements and rapid diagnostics at the bedside. Applications include visualizing the needle for a breast biopsy or vein ablation, as well as other minimally invasive procedures.

*         Venue 40 Musculoskeletal: Provides more accurate diagnoses and treatment for the hospital, office, or training room. Clinicians coulduse the device to help diagnose, treat, and monitor a patient with rheumatoid arthritis. Other applications include assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle, tendon and joint problems.

*         Venue 40 Point of Care: Enables rapid diagnosis and cardiac assessment in the ICU/CCU, trauma bay, or bedside. The device could be used to visualize an ICU patient’s heart function and anatomy, or to help identify life-threatening abnormalities or free fluid in a trauma patient in the ER.

For more information about Venue 40, visit www.venue.gehealthcare.com

Source: Press Release