Guidelines Blog

Can A Needle Guide Simplify Ultrasound-Guided Procedures?

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Oct 25, 2017 12:45:39 PM

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.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Breast, Ablation, CIVCO, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Biopsy

What to Consider When Selecting Probe Covers for Ultrasound Procedures

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Sep 29, 2017 9:08:26 AM

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.

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Topics: Interventional Ultrasound, Cardiology, CIVCO, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

Top Tips for High-Level Disinfection in Ultrasound – Part II

Posted by Orla Concannon on Sep 5, 2017 3:07:27 PM

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.

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Topics: Interventional Ultrasound, Cardiology, CIVCO, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

Top Tips for High-Level Disinfection of Ultrasound Probes – Part I

Posted by jcoles on Jun 19, 2017 4:39:50 PM

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.

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO

TEE Probe High-Level Disinfection

Posted by CIVCO on Apr 3, 2017 4:10:50 AM

The process of performing high-level disinfection on ultrasound probes - both transesophageal (TEE) and endocavity transducers - possesses unique challenges, and it can often be hard to know exactly what steps to take along the way. Below are some of the key tips to remember when disinfecting transducers to ensure a proper, thorough cleaning for your probes.

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO

Automated Reprocessing for Ultrasound Probes

Posted by CIVCO on Mar 10, 2017 9:11:53 AM
Introducing Automated Disinfection Systems for Ultrasound Transducers

With the steady growth of ultrasound and 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.

Why the wait?

Automated endoscopic reprocessors have existed for decades; however, the design of ultrasound probes presented a unique challenge for reprocessing. Since some parts of the transducer cannot contact liquid and a probe cannot be fully submerged in liquid, the development of automated ultrasound disinfection systems was not possible until recently. Advancements in technology have worked around that design nuance with innovative solutions, including the series of ASTRA® reprocessors which received their FDA clearance in 2016.

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO

Ultrasound Cabinets: Compliance Guidelines

Posted by CIVCO on Jan 18, 2017 5:25:26 AM

In recent years, proper storage of ultrasound probes has fallen under the increased scrutiny of compliance surveyors.  The Joint Commission (TJC) has defined guidelines on storage for semi-critical devices:

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO

Store Ultrasound Probes Safely

Posted by CIVCO on Jan 17, 2017 7:35:20 AM

The Joint Commission issued guidelines on storage for semi-critical devices in 2013:

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO

Best Practice for TEE Probes: Electrical Leak Testing

Posted by CIVCO on Aug 10, 2016 10:25:47 AM

If your facility’s goals are to improve patient safety, ensure compliance and extend the life of your transesophageal (TEE) transducers, then performing an electrical leak test on your TEE probes between each use should be part of your high-level disinfection procedure.

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO

Tips for TEE Probe Disinfection

Posted by CIVCO on Jul 15, 2016 6:24:46 AM

When it comes to disinfecting transesophageal (TEE) probes, the process can be more challenging than other endocavity probes. Let’s touch on some of the key highlights here.

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Topics: Cardiology, CIVCO