High level disinfection recommended for probes

Ronan Wright is managing director of Wassenburg Medical Ireland, the Irish distributor for trophon.

Irish decontamination guidelines are emphasising the importance of high level disinfection system for ultrasound probes, according to trophon manufacturer Nanosonics.

When recommending HLD options to reduce the risk of infection transmission, the guidelines state: “HLD using the manual multi-wipe system is the least preferred option for disinfecting semi-invasive ultrasound probes.  It is recommended that a local risk assessment is performed if this option is to be used as an interim measure prior to implementation of an automated process.”

President and ceo Michael Kavanagh said: “We are delighted that trophon, our innovative automated system meets these guidelines for ultrasound probe HLD.  The system is quickly becoming the new global standard of cost-effective care, as more and more countries such as Scotland, Wales, USA, Canada and Australia are releasing specific guidelines due to the importance of ensuring ultrasound decontamination.  What’s more, the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology has just released its guidelines for cleaning transvaginal ultrasound transducers between patients.”

See the full report on page 2 of the April 2017 issue of RAD Magazine.

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