Guidelines Blog

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

A Breakthrough in New Ultrasound Probe Cover Research

Posted by Dr Jocelyne Basseal on Feb 13, 2020 2:42:32 PM

The required use of a probe cover for every endocavity ultrasound procedure has been well established by standards set by governing bodies and industry associations. And the use of an intracavity probe cover does not change the necessity for high-level disinfect or store the endocavity probes properly post-procedure.1,2 When considering which endocavity cover to use, questions that often arise include:

  • Are probe covers reliable?
  • What can or should be used as a probe cover?
  • Are condoms better than probe covers?
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Topics: 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

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

Automated Reprocessing for Ultrasound Probes

Posted by Erin Dougherty on Apr 2, 2018 1:19:50 PM

Introducing Automated Disinfection Systems for Ultrasound Transducers

With the steady growth of ultrasound combined with an 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.

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Topics: 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