Not to be missed educational dinner symposium and launch event co-hosted by Nanosonics and Regional Health Care Group

Preventing Ultrasound Related Infections – It’s Easy When You Know How

Preventing ultrasound related infections is complex. This complexity is compounded by rapid adoption of ultrasound guided procedures beyond the traditional diagnostic setting. It is now common place to use ultrasound in invasive procedures such as biopsies, drainages, injections and in surgery. As ultrasound use grows, so do reports of potential ultrasound related infections and the publication of documents guiding safe ultrasound use and reprocessing. Understanding and applying the critical ultrasound reprocessing principles at an individual organisational level has traditionally been a complex and frustrating experience. Earlier this year, peers in North America recognised that undertaking a comprehensive review of all ultrasound use and ensuring standardisation of cleaning and reprocessing were two key elements of a successful ultrasound infection prevention campaign. Accordingly they developed a customisable toolkit designed for use by North American infection preventionists (IPs) regardless of their setting. With support from Nanosonics Pty Ltd, a modified version of that toolkit customised to reflect the requirements and directives of relevant Australian public policy agencies is now available.

In this session attendees will hear about:

  1. New research and guidelines involving ultrasound related infections/risks;
  2. Australian directives guiding ultrasound reprocessing including:
  • ACIPC/ ASUM Guidelines for Reprocessing Ultrasound Transducers
  • AS/NZS 4187: 2014 and AS/NZS 4815:2006
  • Standard 3 (Second edition);
  • NHMRC Guidelines – 2010 and April 2018 draft versions; and
  1. What’s included in the Ultrasound Toolkit and how it can be used to provide safer patient care and meet relevant accreditation and regulatory requirements.