I am a Sonographer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, involved in setting up an ultrasound guided drainage service for Oncology patients, to provide them with the much needed comfort from their debilitating illness.
Due to the disease process, patients with cancer can often accumulate free fluid within their abdomen. This fluid can be very debilitating, as the increased pressure within the abdomen can result in a multitude of symptoms, one of which being pain.
Our service aims to alleviate these symptoms and provide patients with comfort through a procedure called paracentesis, where by the fluid is drained and the pressures relieved.
There are currently two methods of paracentesis: an ultrasound guided approach where the fluid and surrounding structures are identified and a drain is safely inserted, and a blind method which uses clinical skill to identify a pocket of fluid to insert the drain. This blind method does not use imaging, and so with that provides increased risks.
Currently there is no standardised method to perform these drains, with limited knowledge on the pros and cons of each technique. Therefore, it is my wish to perform a research project to establish if ultrasound guidance can provide more benefit to these patient's, in order to provide them with the best possible care, and to hopefully identify and implement a gold standard approach that's in their best interest.
Therefore, I would like to raise approx. £2,500 to enroll onto a course, which will provide me with the support and guidance required to undertake this project.
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