Guidelines Blog

Ultrasound Probe Daily Transport: Does Your Transport Process Control Infection or Spread It?

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jan 15, 2019 8:35:42 AM

In 2017, The Joint Commission released new data showing that many hospitals seeking accreditation continue to struggle with meeting infection control Standard IC.02.02.01: “The hospital reduces the risk of infection associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies.”1 It is well known that the process of cleaning and high-level disinfecting ultrasound probes (which are considered semi-critical devices per the CDC, FDA, and Spaulding Classification) is crucial for infection control and patient safety.2

Proper reprocessing of devices involves a multi-step workflow that must be managed carefully to ensure the risk of contamination is controlled and minimized at every step.  Because the process is a progressive workflow, the effectiveness of each reprocessing step is only as reliable as the steps before and after it.

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Topics: Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound

International Infection Prevention in the Ultrasound Suite

Posted by Dr Jocelyne Basseal on Oct 15, 2018 9:25:46 AM

Prevention is always better than the cure!

Infection prevention is an ongoing patient safety issue that must be at the forefront of every healthcare worker’s mind.  Dedicated infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists are responsible for so many tasks within a healthcare setting – from risk analysis of an infectious patient in isolation, controlling an outbreak, auditing to ensure compliance to guidelines for infection control, educating healthcare workers on updated literature and providing tools to support a department to prevent an infection. But is it just the responsibility of the resident IPC specialist?

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The Importance of Sterile Technique in Vascular Access Procedures

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Oct 8, 2018 8:01:06 AM

Why is it so important to practice sterile technique during vascular access procedures as a part of the overall infection control protocol in ultrasound? Before we help answer that question, let’s look at a few numbers regarding some of the potential complications from vascular access procedures1,2:

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Topics: catheter-related bloodstream infection

The Role of Contrast Ultrasound in Liver Interventions

Posted by Emily Smith on Aug 6, 2018 8:26:39 AM

Since the spring of 2016, the growth of ultrasound in the United States has erupted with the FDA approval of contrast for liver examinations. The contrast agents used for ultrasound consist of very small bubbles of gas surrounded by a fatty shell. These are smaller than red blood cells, so they can pass through the lungs safely. It is injected into the vascular system and does not filter through the kidneys or cause a contrast reaction that may be seen with CT or MRI contrast agents. The introduction of these micro-bubbles has allowed the visualization of the tiny vessels in the parenchyma of the liver that was previously only studied with B mode and Doppler techniques with limited success. These tiny bubbles are confined to the vascular space, making them a bit different than CT and MRI contrast agents, which rapidly clear from the blood pool into the extravascular space.1

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Topics: Interventional Ultrasound, Contrast Imaging, CEUS, contrast ultrasound, contrast enhanced ultrasound

Improving Safety and Ergonomics in the Operating Room with the TEE Probe Holder

Posted by CIVCO Clinical Marketing on Jul 3, 2018 9:28:46 AM

As medical professionals, we constantly evaluate situations, identify problems and take action to ensure the best results.  From frontline patient care to environmental safety within the medical center, we strive to avoid unnecessary complications.  Understanding the work environment and controlling variables is key to improving workflow and overall outcomes in our daily work.

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Topics: Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Cardiac Anesthesia

The Joint Commission and Infection Control Compliance: Confusion or Confidence?

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 1, 2018 1:09:31 PM

Patient safety and maintaining The Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation standards are two of the most important (if not THE most important) objectives of today’s healthcare administrators and practitioners. However, they are often two of the most difficult objectives of which to achieve 100% satisfaction or compliance.

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Topics: Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

Can a Probe Cover Simplify Your Workflow for Ultrasound Guided Procedures?

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Apr 27, 2018 1:42:00 PM

When ultrasound is used for point-of-care needle guided procedures, including vascular access or regional anesthesia, it is recommended by the FDA and the CDC that a single-use, disposable probe cover be used on the ultrasound probe for each procedure.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

Automated Reprocessing for Ultrasound Probes

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Apr 2, 2018 1:19:50 PM

Introducing Automated Disinfection Systems for Ultrasound Transducers

With the steady growth of ultrasound combined with an increasing awareness of infection control practices, medical device manufacturers have recently developed automated reprocessors for ultrasound transducers. Automated disinfection systems help to standardize disinfection processes, improve staff workflow, and meet compliance standards – the sum of which improves patient and staff safety.

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Topics: Men's Health

How to Safely Store Your Ultrasound Probes

Posted by CIVCO Clinical Marketing on Jan 31, 2018 9:21:03 AM

The Joint Commission (TJC) has defined guidelines on storage for semi-critical devices:

"The endoscope should be hung vertically with the distal tip hanging freely in a well-ventilated, clean area, following the endoscope manufacturer's written IFU for storage...Store endoscopes in a manner that will protect them from damage or contamination."
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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO, Men's Health

Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jan 17, 2018 12:36:55 PM

Prostate cancer continues to be the second most common occurring cancer in men9. According to The American Cancer Society, the estimated number of new cases for 20211 are:

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Topics: Contrast Imaging, Men's Health, Biopsy