Combating Cross-Infection Risks in Ultrasound with Effective and Efficient Solutions
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MarketsandMarkets 7th Annual Infection Control, Sterilization & Decontamination in Healthcare Conference, UK.

The speakers discuss their latest research relating to the risks of cross-infection in ultrasound and what are the benefits of an automated High level disinfection system and the microbiological efficacy of UVC vs alternative HLD methods.

Presenters:

  • Pavan Pankhania (European Product Manager, Germitec),
  • Ursula Morby (Decontamination Lead, UL Hospital Limerick)
  • Dr Shanom Ali (Associate Professor of Microbiology, UCL)

Key Learning Objectives

  • Why is Ultrasound a high-risk area for cross-infection?
  • What research tells us is the best practice method for High Level Disinfection (HLD) ultrasound probes?
  • What is the effectiveness of using UVC to HLD Ultrasound probes.
  • How using a UVC HLD can be a sustainable, ultrafast method of improving compliance whilst saving time costs?

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What is the Impact of Automated High Level Disinfection on Microbial Colinization in Ultrasound Endocavity Probes

Presenter:

  • Ursula Morby (Decontamination Lead, UL Hospital Limerick)

Key Findings from the systematic review

  • Endocavitry probes were not always disinfected sufficiently.
  • Endocavitry probes may be the catalysis that allows the spread of infection.
  • Automated high level disinfection is more effective and efficient at decontaminating endocavitry probes which improves patient safety

Comparison of Manual vs. Automated technologies for the disinfection of transvaginal ultrasound probes

Presenter:

  • Dr Shanom Ali (Associate Professor of Microbiology, UCL)

Aims: Efficacy of manual vs automated disinfection of transvaginal ultrasound probe.

Methods: Protocol – Marked probe with 1 cm2 test areas

Results: detergent cleaning only; removed some bacteria and moved bacteria that accumulated at the distal part of the probe. Extra attention and focus need to be made to these accumulative high-risk or hot spots.

Conclusion

  • Manual wiping causes accumulation of bacteria to the terminal part of the wiping motion;
  • Therefore high level disinfection to supplement disinfection is essential

Automated technologies are effective methods of high level disinfection for ultrasound probes.

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