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Disinfection of Ultrasound Transducers Use for Percutaneous Procedures

Current - Clinical Practice, Guidelines, Infection Prevention, Sterilization and Disinfection
Author:
ACEP, with AIUM, SHEA, APIC, AVA
Published:
February 1, 2021
Abstract:

This intersociety position statement addresses the issue of disinfection of transcutaneous ultrasound transducers used for percutaneous procedures or for monitoring other invasive procedures. Some organizations are not congruent in their recommendations for disinfection, with recommendations for high-level disinfection of sheathed probes for percutaneous procedures being not evidence-based and resulting in unwarranted and unnecessary use of resources, increase the possibility of safety events if procedures are performed without ultrasound guidance. This statement addresses several specific points for determining when to use high-level disinfection appropriately.

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