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Have Anxiety About Your Joint Commission Audit? Achieve Compliant Logging and Consistent, Quality Disinfection – Part I

Posted by Emily Smith on Feb 15, 2019 3:18:30 PM

What’s the problem?

As the steps to reprocess medical devices using high-level disinfection increase and the population of patients imaged increases, non-compliance in the disinfection process increases proportionately.

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Topics: Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

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

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

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

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