Ultrasound is used across many disciplines of medicine as a safe, effective technology for diagnostic and interventional procedures. Ultrasound-guided interventions, such as vascular line placements, biopsies, nerve blocks, aspirations, and ablations, typically utilize ultrasound gel. The use of ultrasound gel is commonly accepted and often relied upon when performing ultrasound examinations and procedures.
However, the infection risks of ultrasound gel are often unknown by clinicians and patients.
Several incidents of nosocomial, or healthcare-associated, infections have prompted studies and publications highlighting the potential risks or complications of using ultrasound gel.
"Understanding the Risks and Safe Utilization of Ultrasound Gel" white paper outlines the infection risks ultrasound gel can pose and how healthcare facilities can minimize those risks.
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