Real-World Accuro Success Stories
Rebecca Minehart, MD, MSHPEd — Boston
Rebecca Minehart explains why adopting Accuro for epidural needle guidance in labor and delivery (especially in patients with challenging anatomy) is her recommendation and practice. Moreover, she presents a case supporting the use of Accuro to improve patient satisfaction and potentially minimize patient anxiety.
“Accuro is a handheld ultrasound device that can be used with just one hand, and it allows for better assessment of the neuraxial space. Not only does it allow you to have the picture of the ultrasound itself, but it has SpineNav technology that overlays and enhances the bony processes that you see, and it also gives you depth to the epidural space, which is unique to this device.”Rebecca Minehart, MD, MSHPEd
Massachusetts General Hospital
Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship
Mohamed Tiouririne, MD — Charlottesville
Mohamed Tiouririne discusses the growing use of ultrasound in anesthesia and specifically the need for a compact ultrasound device—that can fit in your pocket—and be used to improve epidural placement. He continues with study findings that compare the use of Accuro with standard palpation to improve success rates of spinal and epidural placements.
“As the PI for the first clinical studies performed with Accuro, I have been impressed with the sensitivity and specificity of the automated SpineNav3D software.”Mohamed Tiouririne, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Obstetric Anesthesia
University of Virginia Medical Center
Antonio Gonzalez, MD — New Haven
Antonio Gonzalez, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine discusses his experiences with Accuro for enhanced patient care in neuraxial anesthesia.
“Accuro is a game changer... I use it now in all my procedures and to train our residents. Not only are we improving our first attempt success rates with Accuro, but we are also noticing a reduction in back pain and wet taps. By improving efficiency and reducing risk, we are greatly improving the standard of care we provide to our patients.”Antonio Gonzalez, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Yale School of Medicine
“Unlike traditional ultrasound, the Accuro learning curve is minimal. Our physicians simply move the device along the patient’s back to identify the midline and interlaminar space....In addition, the estimated depths to the spinous process and the epidural space are displayed instantaneously on the Accuro screen....Accuro is so intuitive and friendly that it can be mastered by many within 10 minutes and operated with ease even with only occasional use.”Regina Fragneto, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Division Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
“A morbidly obese patient had two difficult epidural placements by other anesthesia providers. Both epidurals failed after six hours... I utilized the Accuro device and placed a working CSE within five minutes...Both the surgeon and patient were pleased. It was a fabulous example of the need for the device.”Beth Ann Clayton, DNP, MS, CRNA
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
University of Cincinnati