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.

How Safe is Your Ultrasound Equipment?

This 'On Demand' video presents the lastest results of the first large scale USA survey of IPs on ultrasound probe reprocessing practice. Key findings, areas for improvement and proposed solutions will be discussed, including strategies for sonographers and IPs to ensure patient safety.

Watch 'On Demand' and  download the presentation

Learning Objectives

  • Review the clinical application of current ultrasound probe reprocessing guidelines
  • Identify the infection prevention challenges associated with expansion of ultrasound procedures to a wider range of departments and procedures
  • Explore strategies that could improve patient safety when care involves use of ultrasound
  • Gain awareness of new research and global trends in ultrasound probe reprocessing 


Ruth Carrico _edit PP.jpgRuth Carrico, PhD FNP- C, FSHEA CIC

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine



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