The Nanosonics symposium at the CAMDR Annual Conference was a great success. If you missed out on the valuable content that was available, the symposium videos and presentations are now available for viewing and download.

Symposium Summary

Ultrasound imaging has been adopted in some form across virtually all hospital departments. Depending on the procedure, the Spaulding classification of the probe can vary and this poses unique challenges to managing the associated infection risk. A recent survey of ultrasound probe reprocessing published in the American Journal of Infection Control has revealed wide practice gaps despite the existence of guidelines, and documented outbreaks following endocavitary and external ultrasound procedures continue to grow.External ultrasound probes can be used in variety of applications that can be critical, semi-critical and non-critical, adding to the complexity.

An important aspect of managing the expanded use of ultrasound and mitigating infection risk, is ensuring adequate traceability of critical and semi-critical ultrasound probes. Reprocessing cycle parameters need to be recorded, stored and linked to the patient procedure to facilitate investigations in the event of a reprocessing failure or outbreak. Today’s session will illustrate some implementation options for traceability and will review the data that needs to be collected to ensure your facility is audit ready in line with North American regulatory requirements.

Learning Objectives 

  • Describe how practice gaps identified by a U.S. ultrasound probe reprocessing and use survey represents some of the challenges with applying guidelines
  • Identify Canadian and U.S. regulatory requirements for the traceability of semi-critical and critical ultrasound probes
  • Describe practical implementation options for traceability of ultrasound probes
  • Review recent research documenting outbreaks and increased infection risk from the use of ultrasound in interventions