Donated Hand-carried Ultrasound System Contributes to Life-Saving Work at Ben Taub General Hospital

HOUSTON (July 1, 2010) – Ben Taub General Hospital emergency center staff have a new tool in their life-saving efforts to help patients suffering from trauma and a variety of ailments. In June, staff began using a high-power, hand-carried ultrasound system donated to the Harris County Hospital District Foundation and Ben Taub Hospital by SonoSite, Inc. 

The lightweight, compact M-Turbo® ultrasound system allows staff to use ultrasound technology in real-time situations when vital information is needed quickly to administer catheters, identify foreign objects under the skin or determine internal bleeding suspected during non-visible trauma. 

Dr. Bobby Kapur, director, Education, Emergency Center, Ben Taub General Hospital, received the machine after an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, the syndicated television program addressing a variety of health topics. Kapur appeared on the show last October following his role as medical director for a day-long clinic assembled at Reliant Center by National Association of Free Clinics, Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics and Texas Clinics are Responding.  

As a token of appreciation for Kapur’s leadership, SonoSite, through The Dr. Oz Show, donated the equipment to Ben Taub General Hospital.  

“We’re excited about having the latest technology to help us take care of the patients of Harris County who expect top-notch emergency care at Ben Taub General Hospital,” Kapur said. “When seconds count, you want equipment that responds just as quickly.” 

At the press of a button, the M-Turbo ultrasound system can boot-up and be ready in seconds. Weighing less than seven pounds, the ultrasound system can be hand-carried or placed on a stand for easy maneuverability through the shock rooms and other parts of the emergency center.  

“We see images immediately and can make our life-saving decisions just as quickly,” added Kapur.  

Ben Taub Hospital is home to the Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center equipped to take care of most trauma and emergency situations.

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