First national survey of ultrasound probe reprocessing and use

Posted by Nanosonics on Oct 26, 2018 6:18:42 PM

Watch Video - Results from a U.S. survey on ultrasound probe use and reprocessing among infection preventionists (time 3:50 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. The spectrum of ultrasound procedures from surface ultrasound, endocavitary scans and ultrasound guided invasive procedures will be explored. Procedural variety, end-users and factors influencing the probe’s Spaulding classification will be discussed as considerations for facilities when developing ultrasound policy. 

  • U.S. survey reveals pervasive ultrasound use throughout most health care departments.
  • Extensive noncompliance with ultrasound probe use and reprocessing guidelines.
  • 20% were aware of instances where a probe was used but not correctly reprocessed.
  • Respondents highly confident regarding policy and ability to respond to surveyors.
  • Discordance between practice and guidelines suggests immediate action needed.


To find out more about Challenges of Infection Control in Ultrasound watch the complete video recording presented at the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)  conference 2018. Click Here



Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound, The Joint Commission, Ultrasound probe a critical instrument

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