Guidelines Blog

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

Improve Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsies by Eliminating a Common Step

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 24, 2019 3:54:43 PM

Fine needle aspiration biopsies (FNAs) are common procedures performed by physicians around the world, in facilities large and small. An FNA procedure utilizes thinner needles (21-27 gauge) to extract tissue samples from a patient’s discovered lesion, which pathology uses to diagnose whether the lesion is malignant or benign1. FNAs can be done on many anatomic sites, but are typically performed on a lymph node, thyroid gland, breast, liver, or pancreas2.

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Endocrinology

Reduce the Risk of Contamination in Ultrasound-Guided Procedures

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Jun 18, 2019 12:52:59 PM

Infection prevention and control is a major focus of healthcare facilities to 1) lower the risk of patients contracting healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), 2) reduce costs that occur with HAIs, and 3) maintain compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC).

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Topics: Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, Interventional Ultrasound, Endocrinology

The Role of Contrast Ultrasound in Liver Interventions

Posted by Emily Smith on Aug 6, 2018 8:26:39 AM

Since the spring of 2016, the growth of ultrasound in the United States has erupted with the FDA approval of contrast for liver examinations. The contrast agents used for ultrasound consist of very small bubbles of gas surrounded by a fatty shell. These are smaller than red blood cells, so they can pass through the lungs safely. It is injected into the vascular system and does not filter through the kidneys or cause a contrast reaction that may be seen with CT or MRI contrast agents. The introduction of these micro-bubbles has allowed the visualization of the tiny vessels in the parenchyma of the liver that was previously only studied with B mode and Doppler techniques with limited success. These tiny bubbles are confined to the vascular space, making them a bit different than CT and MRI contrast agents, which rapidly clear from the blood pool into the extravascular space.1

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Topics: Interventional Ultrasound, Contrast Imaging, CEUS, contrast ultrasound, contrast enhanced ultrasound

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

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