Patients with comorbidities that delay gastric emptying, such as diabetic gastroparesis, neuromuscular disorders, morbid obesity, and advanced hepatic or renal disease, may potentially benefit from additional assessment via gastric ultrasound scanner (GUS) before an elective procedure.
The main objective of point-of-care (POC) gastric ultrasound is to help clinicians assess gastric contents when NPO status is unknown or uncertain in the immediate pre-anesthetic period.
Other than anesthesiologists, POC gastric ultrasound is also useful to emergency physicians and intensivists who take part in sedation and airway management.
It is important to acknowledge that a POC gastric ultrasound examination with the SIFULTRAS-5.2 can conclusively rule in or rule out a clinical diagnosis.
Gastric US can provide valuable insight into the nature and volume of gastric content before performing a block with sedation or inducing anesthesia for an urgent or emergent procedure where NPO status is unknown.
Hence we developed the SIFULTRAS-5.2 as a tool to assess gastric content and volume to clinically evaluate aspiration risk by providing qualitative and quantitative information.