Knowing common causes and sources of infection in ultrasound is essential to reducing the risk of health care-associated infections and protecting patients and clinicians.
Cleaning is a mandatory first step in the high-level disinfection process of intracavity ultrasound transducers, such as transesophageal and endocavity probes. Healthcare workers may use ‘pre-cleaning’ and ‘cleaning’ interchangeably. Properly […]
With a heightened regulatory and quality focus on ensuring accurate and consistent record-keeping, it is important to automate and standardize how your department tracks critical disinfection information in every way possible.
The required use of a probe cover for every endocavity ultrasound procedure has been well established by standards set by governing bodies and industry associations. And the use of an […]
The Joint Commission (TJC) was founded in 1951, with an inspiring vision to transform how people experience healthcare across all settings. In this new era, The Joint Commission would evaluate […]
Ultrasound gel presents a risk of infection when contaminated gel is used in ultrasound-guided needle procedures. Remove the use of gel from ultrasound procedures with Envision.
A previous blog post took you through the necessary steps for cleaning ultrasound transducers in How to Clean an Ultrasound Probe. Cleaning is a fundamental step that cannot be skipped before you […]
Fine needle aspiration (FNA) procedures often use ultrasound gel, which can create artefacts in the specimens and lead to misdiagnosis of the patient or a non-diagnostic sample.
What’s the problem? As the steps to reprocess medical devices using high-level disinfection increase and the population of patients imaged increases, non-compliance in the disinfection process increases proportionately. In 2014, […]
In 2017, The Joint Commission released new data showing that 72% of hospitals seeking accreditation last year failed to meet infection control Standard IC.02.02.01: “The hospital reduces the risk of […]