Infection Control Concerns – Contamination of Ultrasound Transducers

Some clinicians are worried that infection control procedures, especially on transducers used in emergency departments, are not followed rigorously.

Inconsistency in ultrasound transducers leads to health care-associated infections (HAIs), and many HAIs are because the health care workers are not following strict protocol of using probes that are covered, proper thorough disinfection of surfaces, and using demonstrated safe decontamination procedures.

See this link from the “Infection Control Today”magazine about these concerns.

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