Ultrasound transducers: infection control issues

Jocelyne M Basseal 1 and Susan Campbell Westerway 2,

Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), Level 2, 511 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest, NSW 2065 Email: j.basseal@asum.com.au

2 Faculty of Dentistry & Health Sciences, Charles Sturt University NSW AUSTRALIA


As ultrasound technology rapidly evolves and is used more frequently in every area of medical diagnosis and treatment, it is vastly overlooked as a potential vector in the transmission of a health care associated infection. A huge concern is the dereliction of duty of busy ultrasound operators to thoroughly clean ultrasound machines pre- and post- patient use and the lack of importance given to this issue.  To comprehend these issues further, a survey on current methods of ultrasound transducer disinfection was launched to all ASUM members.  Results from the ASUM survey and reprocessing challenges within the clinical setting will be discussed.

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The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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