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.
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.
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.
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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The Joint Commission (TJC) has defined guidelines on storage for semi-critical devices:
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Since their introduction more than three decades ago, mechanical needle guides have been used to assist clinicians in the accuracy of placing needles for a variety of procedures such as biopsies, ablations, peripheral nerve blocks, vascular access, joint injections, and numerous others. But can a needle guide simplify the procedure? Can they reduce procedure times? Can they improve clinical confidence? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, can they improve patient safety? These are some important questions, so let’s look at each one of them individually.
While selecting the appropriate probe cover for your ultrasound examination may seem a rather simple task, there are several key points to consider in the process. Let’s start by deciding when probe covers are necessary, based on industry recommendations, usage classifications, and cover types.
We continue sharing ultrasound probe cleaning guidelines in part two of our “Top Tips for High-Level Disinfection in Ultrasound” series. If you missed the first edition, you can read part one here.
CIVCO's blog will provide you with a wealth of information to help you implement best practices for high-level disinfection in ultrasound. These educational tips can be enhanced by our monthly webinar series. Visit CIVCO.com/Events to view our upcoming CME webinars.