|Title:||Prevention of Cross Infection in Diagnostic Ultrasound|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1891/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 23 December 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Information supplied to ultrasonographers on the safe decontamination and disinfection of ultrasound probes.|
|Applicable to:||Public and private hospitals, particularly x-ray units.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 November 2004 to 1 November 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Shirley Bowen, Director, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, 20-Dec-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Prevention of Cross Infection in Diagnostic Ultrasound
Studies have shown that there is some risk of bacterial transmission during ultrasound examination procedures. The risk is significantly increased with the use of intracavity transducers and/or where blood and body fluids are encountered (in accord with DOHWA recommendation "Guidelines for Infection Control in Non Teaching Health Care Establishments" - Section Two). To prevent or minimise the risk of infection, Standard Precautions should be adhered to at all times when patient care is provided. Every patient is regarded as a potential source of infection and therefore scrupulous cleaning of equipment after use is essential. This should be followed by disinfection with a registered high level disinfectant or sterilisation where appropriate.
Ultrasound transducer users must verify that the cleaning and processing procedures are in compliance with warranty requirements of the manufacturer.
Hospitals who wish to continue using glutaraldehyde to disinfect diagnostic ultrasound probes will require a purpose built fume removal cabinet.
[Purchase of cabinets will be the responsibility of the Health Service concerned.]
Dr Shirley Bowen
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This circular last updated: Thursday, 23 December 2004 at 12:00am