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Have conventional bladder scanners reduced catheterizations?

Introducing Uscan
The first AI-driven bladder tool
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Higher patient safety and satisfaction:

Reduces unnecessary catheterizations and associated UTI’s that cost U.S. hospitals millions.

The first bladder tool with artificial intelligence.

Uscan combines extreme miniaturization and MEMS sensors with machine learning and computer vision algorithms for industry-leading, first-time accuracy.

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“No Fine Print” 5-year warranty.

We’ll take care of any issues—free—for five years.

Expandable to other indications

Under development, Uscan’s capabilities
are expanding to Peripheral IV access and more.*

First-time accuracy

Uscan extracts 256 bladder slices per scan— 32 times more than conventional scanners— for industry-leading ±10%, ±10 mL accuracy.**

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20% of U.S. hospital systems
have already switched.
Find out more today.

20% of U.S. hospital systems
have already switched.
Find out more today.

No More Broken Bladder Scanners
How one director of biomed engineering put an end to the madness

A CASE STUDY

Challenge: Broken Bladder Scanners

For years, a 200-bed hospital system in the northeastern U.S. was forced to send one (sometimes two) of their 18 conventional bladder scanners out for repair every month—at a cost of $3,000 per incident.

The cause? The scanner probes’ rounded design didn’t lay flat on the cart. They were also hard to place back into the holder. When the probes fell to the ground, they broke.

Even when the scanner probes weren’t broken, preventive maintenance on the units dogged his busy technicians. Lastly, the scanners frequently developed spider cracks in their plastic covers—a serious liability for hospitals.

Solution and Results: Uscan eliminates problems and maintenance

The healthcare system replaced five of its 18 scanners with Uscan, with plans to replace the rest over time. After a year on the job, Uscan has made his life easier.

“Signostics told me they had a five-year unconditional warranty. So if the probe was dropped, broken or failed, the company would replace whatever was broken,” said the system’s Director of Biomedical Engineering.

“Uscan is pretty simple and easy to understand. It uses an off-the-shelf tablet with nice videos to show the nurses how to use it,” he said.

“To date, we have not experienced a single issue with the Uscan units,” he said.

“They self-calibrate every time they’re powered up, so there’s no preventive maintenance that needs to be done by my staff to ensure they are working. That saves me some time and labor,” he said.

The director also appreciated that Uscan is much more than just a bladder scanner, with the expandability to assist with other challenging nursing duties like vein finding.

“On nursing unit floors, they don’t have quick access to higher tech vein finders and ultrasounds,” he said. “If they’re having an issue with a PICC line or trying to get something done for a patient—or the patient has discomfort for whatever reason—it’s just a few steps to the floor’s equipment room. Anytime we can get the equipment in our nurses’ and clinicians’ hands sooner, it certainly equates to a better patient experience,” said the director.

To learn more about Uscan or set up a free demo, please call (425)-449-4143 or visit www.signosticsmedical.com.

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Cutting Down Foley Days and UTIs
NURSING STAFF LOVES USCAN’S EASE OF USE AND ACCURACY

A CASE STUDY

Challenge: Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs)

A Nurse Manager of Surgical ICU at a 1000-bed hospital system in the southeastern U.S. wanted to reduce the number of urinary tract infections associated with Foley catheterization. CAUTIs cost U.S. hospitals millions every year. More importantly, they reduce patient comfort and satisfaction. In some cases, they can even kill the patient.

The hospital system bought its first bladder scanners (a competitor’s product) 20 years ago, but the scanners’ inaccuracy made the nurses distrustful of the measurements.

Solution and Results: Uscan helped reduce their Foley days by 20% and CAUTIs by 47%***

“Uscan is so easy to use—if you can turn on an iPad, you can use the product. There’s a simple demonstration on the display when you turn it on—you can’t go wrong with that. And the product is accurate,” she said. “It’s a great, great piece of equipment.”

She also welcomed Uscan’s expandability to other indications.

“It’s truly an ultrasound machine with the software that enables you to use it as a bladder scanner, and potentially for placing PICC lines using different probes. When my staff and I saw the demonstration, it seemed too good to be true. It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” she said.

“I feel like my staff is actually taking Foley’s out where in the past they would have hesitated. Now they know that they have a bladder scanner that will give them an accurate number,” she said.

“Uscan has impacted nursing satisfaction greatly because it’s easy to use and reliable. Nurses don’t often tell me they love a piece of equipment. Not with Uscan. They actually say, ‘Oh this thing is great!’ One click, fan and scan and you’re done.”

To learn more about Uscan or set up a free demo, please call (425)-449-4143 or visit www.signosticsmedical.com.

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*Not yet for sale. **Based on comparative measurements of a phantom of known volume. 1. Meddings J, Krein SL, Fakih MG, et al. Reducing Unnecessary Urinary Catheter Use and Other Strategies To Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: Brief Update Review. In: Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2013 Mar. (Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 211.) Chapter 9. ***Third-party data obtained from the above noted hospital system. Does not reflect actual statistical measure or analysis conducted by Signostics.
©2017 Signostics Ltd. All rights reserved. Signostics and Uscan are Trademarks of Signostics Limited. Caution: Federal (USA) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician

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