Ultrasound probes: Cross contamination

Ultrasound probes: Cross contamination

Working in ultrasound, I have always taken care to ensure my probes are cleaned after every single patient. But guess what? Research now shows that the probes are not cleaned as good as we thought they were! What a wake-up call!

INDUSTRY NEWS

Ultrasound probe disinfection

Ultrasound probe disinfection
Imaging Technology News

Manually soaking ultrasound probes has long been the standard. But ultrasound users and administrators know well the challenges that come with it. New technologies are helping to overcome them, offering quick, easy and cost-effective methods of high-level disinfection to improve patient safety, staff efficiency and audit compliance.

Ultrasound transducer disinfection in emergency medicine practice
Antimicrob Resist Infect Control via NCBI

External ultrasound transducer disinfection is common practice in medicine. Unfortunately, clinically significant organisms, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumonia spread throughout healthcare facilities via direct contact despite disinfection protocols.

Emergency department ultrasound probe infection control: Challenges and solutions
Dovepress

Point-of-care ultrasound has become a cornerstone in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the emergency department. Despite the beneficial impact on patient care, concern exists over repeat use of probes and the role as a vector for pathogen transmission.

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