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Ultrasound Probe Use and Reprocessing National Survey - Results

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 6:56:07 PM

Watch Video - 'Beyond Endocavitary' - Survey results from invasive procedures (time 1:20 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This webinar reviews the results of a survey revealing wide ranging practices related to reprocessing and use of ultrasound probes, despite the existence of guidelines and standards.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

Spaulding Classification in ultrasound probe reprocessing

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:57:13 PM

Watch Video -`Beyond Endocavitary’ - Spaulding Classification in ultrasound probe reprocessing (time 1:44 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This video reviews the Spaulding classification system and a framework used to determine medical device reprocessing requirements based on the patient contact site.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

First national survey of ultrasound probe reprocessing and use

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:53:34 PM

Watch Video -`Beyond Endocavitary’ - First national survey of ultrasound probe reprocessing and use (time 1:27 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This webinar reviews the results of a survey revealing wide ranging practices related to reprocessing and use of ultrasound probes, despite the existence of guidelines and standards. .

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

Ultrasound Probe Use and Reprocessing National Survey - known reprocessing failures

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:51:05 PM

Watch Video - 'Beyond Endocavitary' - Known reprocessing failures (time 2:10 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This webinar reviews the results of a survey revealing wide ranging practices related to reprocessing and use of ultrasound probes, despite the existence of guidelines and standards.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

Ultrasound Probe Use and Reprocessing National Survey - Takeaways

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:47:32 PM

Watch Video - 'Beyond Endocavitary' - Survey takeaways (time 1:50 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This webinar reviews the results of a survey revealing wide ranging practices related to reprocessing and use of ultrasound probes, despite the existence of guidelines and standards.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

When to High Level Disinfect an ultrasound probe

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:37:30 PM

Watch Video - 'Beyond Endocavitary' - Review the spaulding Classification (time 1:50 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This video reviews a range of common invasive ultrasound procedures from a practical perspective, to help guide your decision making in minimizing infection risk.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

Considerations in ultrasound probe reprocessing

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:28:05 PM

Watch Video - 'Beyond Endocavitary' - Probe reprocessing considerations other than needle visualisation techniques (time 4:00 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This video reviews a range of common invasive ultrasound procedures from a practical perspective, to help guide your decision making in minimizing infection risk.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

Minimising infection risk from ultrasound procedures

Posted by Nanosonics on Nov 1, 2018 3:20:11 PM

Watch Video - 'Beyond Endocavitary' - Minimising the risk from ultrasound procedures (time 3:00 mins)

The rapid expansion of ultrasound has brought great benefit to patients, however, there are some patient safety challenges to navigate. This video reviews a range of common invasive ultrasound procedures from a practical perspective, to help guide your decision making in minimizing infection risk.

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Topics: Emergency Medicine:, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk, ultrasound, ultrasound probes, Spaulding Classification in ultrasound

User Guide: When to high level disinfect your ultrasound probe

Posted by Nanosonics on Oct 22, 2018 11:24:41 AM

To reduce ultrasound probe cross infection risk, it's important to know when to perform the high level disinfection process.

Why is it important?

If you don't properly reprocess your ultrasound probes between every patient use, you could be putting your patients at risk of serious infection. What's more, you may also be breaching compliance. Learn more here.

In recent years there has been a proliferation in ultrasound probe use

With the development of new types of ultrasound procedures across a wide range of departments, ultrasound is now the most widely used and rapidly growing diagnostic modality in the United States of America.1 With ultrasound usage ever on the increase, the risk of infection from improperly reprocessed ultrasound probes has also grown.

You'll find ultrasound in use across departments ranging from traditional radiology/imaging, emergency and trauma centres, cardiology units, ICUs, maternity hospitals, private women's health clinics (including IVF centres) and urology departments, with millions of procedures being undertaken every week.

This is a real challenge for those responsible for infection prevention. With the huge variety of treatment and probe types it is important to ensure you are aware of requirements and apply correct and effective disinfection treatment to your ultrasound probes.

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Topics: Women's Health, Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk

Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine: The importance of effective ultrasound probe reprocessing

Posted by Nanosonics on Sep 26, 2018 11:24:54 AM

Ultrasound: An Ever Increasing Diagnostic Tool

Point of care ultrasound has become a cornerstone in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the Emergency Department. With quick turnaround times, it's often not practical to move probes to and from centralised soaking stations for disinfection. A recent study set out to investigate the potential for contamination with patients’ blood and microbes on ultrasound transducer probes in Emergency Departments. Results showed that there can be significant contamination of ultrasound equipment, with 57% of ultrasound probes tested showing blood contamination and 46% showing microbiological contamination. 

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