Guidelines Blog

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

How to High-Level Disinfect Ultrasound Transducers, Part I

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Apr 13, 2020 8:39:50 AM

A previous blog post took you through the necessary steps for cleaning ultrasound transducers in How to Clean an Ultrasound Probe. Cleaning is a fundamental step that cannot be skipped before you disinfect the ultrasound probe. Now we’ll go over the process of high-level disinfecting an ultrasound probe. Since there’s a lot to cover, we’ve broken it up into two parts.

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

How to Clean an Ultrasound Probe

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Mar 24, 2020 5:16:20 AM

Cleaning is a mandatory first step in the high-level disinfection process of intracavity ultrasound transducers, such as transesophageal and endocavity probes. Healthcare workers may use ‘pre-cleaning’ and ‘cleaning’ interchangeably.

Properly cleaning the probe optimizes the disinfection process and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) states that “adequate transducer preparation is mandatory.”1 If you skip the cleaning step or perform it inadequately, you will compromise the entire disinfection or sterilization process.

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

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