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International Ultrasound Probe Risk Study

Posted by Nanosonics on Dec 20, 2017 7:59:35 AM

How safe are your ultrasound probes?

If you are working with ultrasound probes, have you ever wondered just how safe they really are, especially if you (or your reprocessing department) are using low level disinfection wipes or an ineffective high level disinfection solution. 

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Topics: Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, Women's Health, Infection Prevention

European Society of Radiology Ultrasound Working Group - Guidelines.

Posted by Nanosonics on Dec 2, 2017 12:59:46 PM

Infection prevention and control in ultrasound – best practice recommendations from the European Society of Radiology Ultrasound Working Group

The new guidelines emphasise that there is published evidence that highlights contamination risks of ultrasound transducers, even with the use of transducer covers, and after low level disinfection (LLD). They strongly recommend high level disinfection (HLD) for all interventional ultrasound procedures and endocavitary ultrasound.1

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Topics: Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, Women's Health, Infection Prevention

Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare - Challenges and Solutions for Infection Prevention in Sonography

Posted by Nanosonics on Oct 25, 2017 10:00:35 PM

SDMS 2017 Educational Symposium watch now 'On Demand' 

We had an engaged crowd join Prof. Ruth Carrico in her mission of helping to minimize the risk of cross contamination for all ultrasound patients.

Ultrasound use has rapidly expanded throughout inpatient and outpatient settings to a wide range of procedures and to diverse groups of patients. This expansion means that a broad spectrum of clinical staff are involved in reprocessing with varying levels of training and knowledge relating to best practice.

Sonographers and infection preventionists (IPs) need to work together to ensure that reprocessing is conducted appropriately. This is particularly relevant in light of recent outbreaks involving reusable semi-critical medical devices. These medical devices minimally require high level disinfection and are now in the spotlight for accreditation bodies and regulators.

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Topics: Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, Women's Health, Emergency Medicine:, Infection Prevention

User Guide: When to high level disinfect your ultrasound probe

Posted by Nanosonics on Oct 23, 2017 7:19:46 PM

To reduce ultrasound probe cross infection risk, it is really important to know when to perform the high level disinfection (HLD) process.

Why is it important?

If you don't properly reprocess your ultrasound probes between every patient use, you could be putting your patients at risk of serious infection. What's more, you may also be breaching compliance. Learn more here.

In recent years there has been a proliferation in ultrasound probe use.

With the development of new types of ultrasound procedures across a wide range of departments, ultrasound is now the most widely used and rapidly growing diagnostic modality in the US.1 With ultrasound usage ever on the increase, the risk of infection from improperly reprocessed ultrasound probes has also grown.

You'll find ultrasound in use across departments ranging from traditional radiology/imaging, emergency and trauma centres, cardiology units, ICUs, maternity hospitals, private women's health clinics (including IVF centres) and urology departments, with millions of procedures being undertaken every week.

This is a real challenge for those responsible for infection prevention. With the huge variety of treatment and probe types it is important to ensure you are aware of requirements and apply correct and effective disinfection treatment to your ultrasound probes.

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Topics: Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, Women's Health

Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine: A perfect breeding ground for infection?

Posted by Nanosonics on Oct 20, 2017 6:06:04 PM

Ultrasound Ever Increasing Diagnostic Tool

Point of care ultrasound has become a cornerstone in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the ED. With quick turnaround times, it is often not practical to move probes to and from centralized soaking stations for disinfection. A recent study set out to investigate the potential for contamination with patients’ blood and microbes on ultrasound transducer probes in EDs. Results showed that there can be significant contamination of ultrasound equipment, with 57% of ultrasound probes tested showing blood contamination and 46% showing microbiological contamination. 

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ASUM/ACIPC new ultrasound probe reprocessing guidelines

Posted by Nanosonics on Apr 7, 2017 1:37:11 PM

New guidelines may affect you...


You may be aware of the new national Guidelines for Reprocessing Ultrasound Transducers recently issued in Australia by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), jointly with the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC).

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Topics: Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk

New Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk – don’t take the risk!

Posted by Nanosonics on Mar 19, 2017 10:40:15 AM

Infection Control Today has just released a Call to Action about ultrasound probe infection risk.


It highlights that immediate action is needed to bridge gaps in awareness about ultrasound probe reprocessing requirements, and to enhance education.

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Topics: Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk