Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare:

Challenges and Solutions for Infection Prevention

Moderated by Kathy Warye, the Nanosonics Breakfast symposium at APIC 2017 was a huge success.  

We had an engaged crowd join us on our mission of helping to minimise the risk of cross contamination for all ultrasound patients.

The audience heard from Prof. Ruth Carrico about the proliferation of ultrasound use in healthcare in recent years, the gaps in current disinfection practices and the need for proper processes and procedures. Incorporating the results of a recent APIC survey and a clinical round table on ultrasound probe reprocessing, Ruth outlined key areas of improvement in practice including national guidance and education. 

Roy Boukidjian, another of the experts on the Infection Prevention clinical round table, provided valuable insights into current reprocessing guidelines and standards. He also discussed the challenges of cross-infection and the risk of HPV contamination through ultrasound probes.

If you missed out on the breakfast symposium or if you attended but wish to revisit the great content again, the symposium videos and presentations are now available for viewing and download.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the clinical application of current ultrasound probe reprocessing guidelines.
  • Gain awareness of new research and global trends in ultrasound probe reprocessing.
  • Identify the infection prevention challenges associated with expansion of ultrasound procedures to a wider range of departments and procedures.
  • Explore strategies that could improve patient safety when care involves use of ultrasound.

 

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