“It was about a year ago that I was introduced to the EchoStim Echogenic Insulated Needle.  I had been able to make do with standard nonechogenic insulated needles while using ultrasound for peripheral nerve blocks.  I felt like my ultrasound skills were adept enough that any needle would work.  That was until I trialed the EchoStim needle.  I feel my accuracy and my efficiency have improved since switching to the EchoStim needle due to my ability to easily visualize the needle tip. This has led to improved patient safety and satisfaction. The orthopedic surgeons have expressed their satisfaction with the efficacy, accuracy and timeliness for peripheral nerve blocks since introducing the echogenic needles.  Additionally, other partners who were new to using ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks have been able to quickly and successfully gain competence due to the introduction of the EchoStim needle.” —Travis Hiles, MD, Ozark Anesthesia Associates, Cox Health

“We have been using the EchoStim Echogenic Insulated Needles for the past few months for the majority of our ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks. The three reflectors at the tip of the needle, which are seen as three dots, have greatly enhanced our ability to guide the needle tip to the desired target. Because of this, I feel that our success rate in obtaining satisfactory regional anesthesia has been significantly increased.” –Dr. Michael Ashmore, Staff Anesthesiologist for Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, Atlanta, Georgia

“Our anesthesia practice at Progress West involves a fair amount of peripheral nerve blocks. We have adopted ultrasound as our primary mode of needle guidance but we still occasionally require the use of a nerve stimulator. The Havel’s Echostim needle allows us to use either or both modalities with only a single needle. It has been very useful to have a product that suits many clinical needs. I am also told by our hospital materials manager that it is very competitively priced against other needles in the market. The Echostim is actually less expensive than the stimulating (only) needle it replaced. I would encourage any anesthesia provider to evaluate the Echostim for their regional anesthesia practice. It provides great flexibility and good value.”–Dr. Chak Lattanand, Assistant Professor Washington University School of Medicine & Director of the Division of Anesthesiology at Progress West Healthcare Center

“I was very impressed with the design and found the Corner Cube Reflectors made the needle tip much easier to see as it approached the nerve. I do feel that this design definitely improves patient safety. The most common benefit, however, is that I was able to perform blocks faster and more efficiently.”–Dr. John Paszek, Anesthesiologist at Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc. San Diego, California

“I have been using these needles for the past two years; having performed approximately four hundred ultrasound guided regional anesthetics per year. In the past I have used Baxter and Pajunk products. I mostly use the 50, 80 and 100mm Echostim needles. I have been extremely happy with the functioning of the needle; it sits well in my hand and is easy to maneuver. The connection to the syringe works well. The pricing of the needle is very competitive to the competing products and quality control has been excellent; I have never opened a nonfunctioning needle. The attribute I appreciate the most with the needle is the ability to see the needle under ultrasound guidance. As I rely solely on the ultrasound and have not used the nerve stimulator in over two years, it is critical that I am able to visualize the block needle. The special design of the needle allows it to be seen very easily using ultrasound making the injection of the anesthetic very precise. This allows for better, long lasting blocks that setup fast. Obviously, if you can see the tip of your needle (seen by three ridges) you know exactly where the anesthetic is going, making it safer for the patient.”–Dr. Michael J. Dorsey, Anesthesia Associations of Ann Arbor, Associate Medical Director Anesthesiology and Surgical Services at Chelsea Community Hospital and Clincial Instructor Department of Anesthesiology at University of Michigan Medical School

“My business is a busy freestanding outpatient surgery center with about 50% of our work Orthopedic Surgery. I average about eight peripheral nerve blocks per day and have been using Ultrasound Guidance for all of them for over two years. Just over a year ago, I switched to the EchoStim needle and I use it exclusively now. I made the change for two reasons: it is visible on ultrasoung as any needle I have used, and the resistance to injection is slightly lower than some other products. I feel that the consistently low injection resistance allows me to better estimate the injection pressure I am using, and that a low injection pressure is less likely to be associated with an intraneural injection. Visualization of any needle on ultrasound is obviously one of the most important factors affecting your confidence in the safety and success of a PNB. The CCR reflectors on the EchoStim and EchoBlock do make the needle easier to pick up when scanning in plane, and careful alignment of the probe and needle will give an image of the entire length of the needle. I have probably used every stimulating needle on the market, and currently have standardized on the EchoStim needle. I find the quality control excellent, the product consistent and reliable.”–Dr. Michael Tilson, Western PA Surgery Center, Wexford, Pennsylvania

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2 Responses to Testimonials

  1. I have been using Havel’s EchoStim Echogenic needles for about 3 1/2 years with tremendous success. I have tried other brands and types of needles over this same time but haven’t found any other needles that can compare in quality, consistency and visualization of the needle like Havel’s EchoStim. As a solo Anesthesiologist in a busy ambulatory surgery center, my blocks have to work without question. Havel’s needles help me do just that. When I go to other facilites that don’t have Havel’s needles, it is an obvious decrease in the quality of the visualization of the needle (I take my GE Ultrasound with me so I know the quality of the scan is unchanged). I even tell my patients beforehand when explaining the risks, benefits and alternatives for intra-op and post-op pain management that, with the needles I use, “I can see the nerve, I can see the needle and I can see the medicine going exactly where it is supposed to go.” Your needles make performing a block safer, faster, easier and more successful.
    – Dr. Thomas Durick, Anesthesiologist and Medical Director, Bay Surgery Center, Oakland, CA

  2. DR NAVEEN says:

    Dear sir,
    you could also design these needle for the veterinary purspose also.
    in equines for back injections and in canine for live biopsy and prostrate aspiration.
    you can consult about this by nesrby vet specility.

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