Guidelines Blog

Top 7 Things You’re Forgetting When Reprocessing Your Ultrasound Probe

Posted by Ben Brown on Aug 15, 2022 9:43:57 AM

Maintaining infection prevention & control (IPC) protocol for your ultrasound probes that ensures the integrity of your transducers and the safety of your patients is important to work. It also, unfortunately, can be trickier than it looks.

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Topics: cleaning ultrasound transducer, Cardiology, clean ultrasound probe, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Central Sterile

Reduce the Spread of Infection in Ultrasound

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 8, 2020 4:13:03 AM

Medical facilities exist to care for and improve the health of their patients. However, a major concern for patients is the risk of getting an infection during a procedure or hospital stay. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are acquired while patients receive health care for another condition1 and can occur 48 to 72 hours after treatment.2

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound

ASTRA Automated Ultrasound Probe Reprocessor: Enhanced Logging & Quality Assurance

Posted by CIVCO Clinical Marketing on Apr 14, 2020 9:00:08 AM

The Joint Commission (TJC) states: “Standardizing the use of high-level disinfectants and sterilization practices are critical for ensuring that medical equipment, devices, and supplies do not transmit infectious agents to patients.”1

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Topics: Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

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

Anxious About The Joint Commission Survey? Learn How Customers Prepared for High-Level Disinfection with ASTRA

Posted by Emily Smith on Jul 15, 2019 11:21:41 AM

The Joint Commission (TJC) was founded in 1951, with an inspiring vision to transform how people experience healthcare across all settings. In this new era, The Joint Commission would evaluate organizations and encourage them to continuously improve public healthcare by providing a patient
experience that is safe, effective, and of the highest quality care and value.1 One area The Joint Commission survey focuses on is the cleaning and disinfecting of ultrasound probes.

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Topics: Cardiology, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Men's Health

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