Recommendations for the Cleaning of Endocavity Ultrasound Transducers Between Patients

WFUMB Safety Committee, Susan Campbell Westerway, Jocelyne M. Basseal, Jacques Abramowicz, Carmel Moran

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of infection prevention and control measures for all medical procedures, including ultrasound examinations. As the use of ultrasound increases across more medical modalities, including point-of-care ultrasound, so does the risk of possible transmission from equipment to patients and patients to patients. This is particularly relevant for endocavity transducers, such as trans-vaginal, trans-rectal and trans-oesophageal, which could be contaminated with organisms from blood, mucosal, genital or rectal secretions. This article proports to update the WFUMB 2017 guidelines which focussed on the cleaning and disinfection of trans-vaginal ultrasound transducers between patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-778
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar 2024

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