Enhancing Emergency Care in Tonga

$5,795 of $8,820 goal
Given by 21 generous donors in around 6 months

1 ultrasound probe needed to enhance patient management and outcomes for the Tongan community.


The use of ultrasound in critical care dramatically improves patient outcomes.

A group of emergency physicians funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade have been actively building the capability of emergency care in Tonga for several years.

The main focus of this effort has been the education of staff in the emergency department at Vaiola and Vava’u with NZ and Australian personnel visiting Tonga, and with Tongan personnel visiting Aotearoa.

As a result of their efforts ultrasound is now a core part of emergency care in Tonga.

The current barriers to improved ultrasound utility in Tonga are access to up to date equipment. Recently the department acquired access to a Sonosite Edge II which is used for 20 days a year in the 'rheumatic heart disease' screening program.

If we are able to provide a linear probe, this machine could be used for POCUS in the emergency department the remainder of the time

What Is Needed?

1 x linear probe to be used on the recently supplied Edge II devices

This will be an excellent addition to the small but growing capacity to provide point of care ultrasound in the critical care setting in Tonga.

About us

EMUGs is a not-for-profit, special interest group focused on progressing POCUS in Emergency Medicine.

We believe that the use of Point-Of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in the Emergency Department improves patient care and patient outcomes.

EMUGs was created to advocate for the use of POCUS in the Emergency Department and to form a collaborative learning network for all POCUS users including FACEMs, Trainees, Sonographers and all Emergency Service Providers.

Formed in 2015 by a small group of NSW Emergency Physicians, EMUGs now consists of a wide range of people throughout Australasia and New Zealand who are passionate about improving POCUS education, supervision and support for Emergency Medicine trainees, consultants and other clinicians in a controlled clinical environment.

Use of funds

Funds raised will go towards purchasing 1 x linear probe to be used on the recently supplied Sonosite Edge II device.

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Latest update

Thanks Fuji Sonosite  21 May 2020

Posted by: Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Group New Zealand

Thanks to all of you that have generously donated.

Our friends at Fuji Sonosite, have offered an ex-demo probe that will be as good as new and means less money to raise.

So now we just need to raise $6200 in total (including Give a Little Fees) to be able to send this probe over to Tonga.

Please helps us spread the word.

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