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The Future of Ultrasound Probe Disinfection Guidelines: The End of Manual Reprocessing?

Posted by Ben Brown on Nov 4, 2022 12:08:47 PM

In December 2021, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) released its updated ANSI/AAMI ST91:2021, “Comprehensive guide to flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities.” Designed to provide guidance to staff across each stage of the flexible endoscope disinfection process, the new guidelines reflect current research and advancements with regards to scope processing. Notable updates to the standard include new classification for high-risk scopes, updated instruction for drying, storing, and handling scopes, and guidance for determining the proper length of storage (or “hang time”) before reprocessing is needed.

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Topics: cleaning ultrasound transducer, Cardiology, clean ultrasound probe, Central Sterile

Providing an (HLD) Solution to the Problem of HPV Probe Transmission

Posted by Ben Brown on Oct 21, 2022 10:27:23 AM

42 million. That’s the current number of Americans infected with human papillomavirus (or as it’s commonly referred to, “HPV”). Spread through close skin-to-skin contact, HPV is among the most common sexually transmitted infections, with upwards of 80% of sexually active men and women likely to be infected with the virus at some point during their lives. 1 2

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Topics: cleaning ultrasound transducer, Cardiology, CIVCO, clean ultrasound probe, Central Sterile

How Healthcare Workers Can Neutralize Burnout and Low Morale

Posted by Ben Brown on Oct 12, 2022 2:54:03 PM

Over the course of the last 2 years, the ongoing battle against COVID-19 has left many healthcare workers defeated and overwhelmed. According to a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,327 front-line healthcare workers, roughly 55% have reported having experienced substantial burnout since the onset of COVID-19. Even further, 62% of staff cited mental health struggles as a direct result of the pandemic, while 75% of younger staff (ages 18-29) admitted that COVID-19 has had a negative effect on their overall welfare. To make matters even worse, another study found that more than 70% of healthcare workers have struggled with symptoms of anxiety and depression during this time, with 15% having experienced recent thoughts of suicide or self-harm.  1 2

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Topics: CIVCO

How Healthcare Managers Can Neutralize Burnout and Low Morale

Posted by Ben Brown on Oct 12, 2022 2:52:25 PM

Consider the following statistics:

    • Over the last 2.5 years, 86% of frontline workers have reported struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. 1
    • 62% have cited mental health struggles. 2
    • 55% have experienced substantial burnout. 2
    • 15% have expressed thoughts of suicide or self-harm. 3
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Topics: CIVCO

Caring for Your Ultrasound Transducer: Top Cleaning and Disinfection Tips

Posted by Ben Brown on Sep 28, 2022 1:22:36 PM

Ultrasound imaging is a tool that is frequently performed by sonographers, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. With increasingly higher numbers of clinicians using ultrasound, it’s more important than ever to ensure that everyone on your team knows how to properly care for their transducers.

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Topics: cleaning ultrasound transducer, Cardiology, clean ultrasound probe, Central Sterile

Which High-Level Disinfectant Is Right For My Facility?

Posted by Ben Brown on Aug 15, 2022 9:44:27 AM

High-level disinfection is defined as the chemical method of killing all microorganisms in or on a medical instrument, except for a small number of bacterial spores. 1 Typically utilized after a sem-critical medical device (i.e. any device that contacts intact mucous membranes or non-intact skin, such as an ultrasound probe) is handled during a medical procedure, high-level disinfection is used as a means of sanitizing the device of any and all potential contamination, and is considered to be a crucial step in most probe disinfection processes. 2

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Topics: cleaning ultrasound transducer, Cardiology, clean ultrasound probe, Central Sterile

The Danger of Prostate Cancer

Posted by Ben Brown on Aug 15, 2022 9:44:17 AM

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), prostate cancer currently ranks as the second most common type of cancer in American men, with 2022 predicted to see 268,490 new cases, and 34,500 of those cases estimated to lead to deaths. Even more shocking? The ACS also estimates that 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime…and 1 in 41 men will die of it. 1

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Top 7 Things You’re Forgetting When Reprocessing Your Ultrasound Probe

Posted by Ben Brown on Aug 15, 2022 9:43:57 AM

Maintaining infection prevention & control (IPC) protocol for your ultrasound probes that ensures the integrity of your transducers and the safety of your patients is important to work. It also, unfortunately, can be trickier than it looks.

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Topics: cleaning ultrasound transducer, Cardiology, clean ultrasound probe, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Central Sterile

Top Tips for Making Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access Procedures More Efficient

Posted by Ben Brown on Jul 8, 2022 2:12:46 AM

The utilization of ultrasound with aiding in vascular access procedures has been a regular practice for nearly four decades. Over that time, a great deal has been learned about the best ways to optimize the efficiency of ultrasound within such procedures, ensuring that patients receive the best, most streamlined care possible. Of course, knowing which ideas to implement – and how and when to implement them – can be challenging.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

Top Tips for Making Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access Procedures Safer

Posted by Ben Brown on Jul 8, 2022 2:12:15 AM

Since 1984, ultrasound has been regularly utilized in a wide variety of vascular access procedures, ranging from ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization to femoral artery cannulation to arterial access. 1 2 Ultrasound’s superior procedural advantages – combined with its cumulative benefits in terms of safety and success– make it a popular tool for practitioners conducting vascular access procedures. 2

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, cleaning ultrasound transducer, clean ultrasound probe