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Ultrasound Use and Reprocessing: 

Snapshot of Current Practice and Launch of a Toolkit for Infection Preventionists

Ultrasound imaging is used in almost every healthcare department. While its rapid uptake particularly in interventional medicine has brought great benefit to patients, managing the infection risks can be a monumental task. Recent research has reported ultrasound guided procedures that have led to outbreaks and patient death. The challenges faced by the infection prevention (IP) community in mitigating these risks are not trivial and span the entire healthcare system. They range from interpreting guidelines to ensuring compliant reprocessing and use of ultrasound probes in practice. Other challenges include managing traceability and engaging with departmental leaders and staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients in our care.

The symposium addresses these important issues through a focus on a set of practical tools developed by a group of concerned IPs. The IP toolkit was developed in response to the growing need for a systematic approach to ultrasound infection prevention management. The on-demand videos provide immense benefit to those already actively surveying ultrasound probe reprocessing and use in their facilities, but also to those needing guidance on where to start. The outcome is to achieve better infection prevention compliance to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients in our care.

Learning Objectives.

  • Analyze recent research documenting outbreaks and infection risks in ultrasound procedures
  • Describe the infection prevention (IP) challenges associated with guideline compliance and the expansion of ultrasound imaging in healthcare
  • Review the regulatory requirements and implementation options for traceability in ultrasound use and reprocessing
  • Identify the IP toolkit components and where to access them, including the ‘Locate and Profile’, ‘Algorithm’, ‘Risk Assessment’ and ‘Policy’ tools
  • Explain the systematic use of each tool in working toward a standard of care in ultrasound IP throughout healthcare departments

Moderated by: 

Kathy Warye

OZKKFGZS-Presenter-WaryeKChief Executive Officer, Infection Prevention Partners

Kathy Warye is founder and CEO of Infection Prevention Partners, where she works with medical device and diagnostics companies with groundbreaking solutions for the detection, prevention and/or management of infection. From 2010-2015 Kathy held the position of Worldwide Vice President of Infection Prevention with BD.  She served as Chief Executive Officer of APIC from 2003-2010. 



Roy Boukidjian, MSN PHN CIC

WHSTJZAU-Presenter-BoukidjianRRoy Boukidjian is System Director of Infection Prevention at Dignity Health in San Francisco, California. Roy has Board Certifications in Infection Control, Public Health and Nurse Executive with a Masters in Nursing Leadership from California State, Fullerton. He currently serves on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) HAI-Advisory Committee, Partnership for Quality Care (PQC), and Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) Infection Prevention workgroup which is the quality arm for the California Hospital Association. Roy has partnered with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by co-Chairing focus groups for the reduction of C-diff and CAUTI and presenting in various venues. His work has been cultivated by being awarded the national recognition of Heroes of Infection Prevention by APIC in 2013 and 2017 respectively.




WHSTJZAU-Presenter-NicholsAAmy Nichols is the Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at the University of California San Francisco Health in San Francisco, CA. Amy is certified in Infection Control, and was accepted as a Fellow in Infection Prevention in 2016.  She earned degrees in Botany, Bacteriology and Nursing at Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She has served as President and Chapter Legislative Representative for the APIC-San Francisco Bay Area chapter, and currently serves on the APIC Practice Guidance Committee. Amy has been learning Infection Prevention since 1996, and continues to be surprised daily.





WHSTJZAU-Presenter-SeaveyRRose Seavey is President/CEO of Seavey Healthcare Consulting and was formerly the Director of the Sterile Processing Department at The Children’s Hospital of Denver.  Rose served on the AORN Board of Directors and is a past President ASHCSP. She received numerous awards such as AORN’s award for Mentorship and Outstanding Achievement in Nurse Education.  In addition, she was given the IAHCSMM award of Honor. Rose was named as one of the Who’s Who in Infection Prevention by Infection Control Today. Ms. Seavey is the author of the book tilted Sterile Processing In Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Accreditation Surveys, published by AAMI, now in its third edition. She serves on several AAMI committees helping to write our national standards.



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