Preventing Ultrasound-related Infections – A New Priority for Infection Control?

Speaker: Dr Cathryn Murphy RN. B. Photog, MPH, PhD, CIC.

Nanosonics recently sponsored an educational symposium at ACIPC 2017 and we would like to share with you the educational resources from the event to assist you with your infection prevention challenges.

You may download the symposium presentation and view the video from the event.

Watch Educational Symposium ‘On Demand’

The presentation provides further insights and understanding of the cross-infection risks and challenges involved in protecting your patients.

The presentation also introduces a new population-level study, the first of its kind. Conducted by Health Protection Scotland and NHS Scotland, it demonstrates a greater risk of positive microbiological reports and antibiotic prescriptions within 30 days for adults who had undergone semi‑invasive ultrasound procedures (SIUP) when high level disinfection was not used as standard of care.

Please do share this link to invite your friends and colleagues who are also faced with the same challenges in ultrasound probe infection risk prevention!

Learning Objectives

On completion attendees will be:

  • able to appreciate the risk, mechanisms and magnitude of ultrasound-related infections;
  • familiar with the characteristics of multiple global ultrasound related outbreaks over the past two decades;
  • aware of the current requirements of Standard 3 regarding reprocessing of re-usable medical devices and equipment; and
  • able to access and apply the principles of the new national Guidelines for Reprocessing Ultrasound Transducers recently issued in Australia by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), jointly with the ACIPC.