Ultrasound Case Study

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Policy and Procedure
Ultrasound Department
Policy Name: Prevention of infection in Diagnostic Ultrasound.
1- Purpose:
Ensure the protection for those who may be at risk of infection either patients or visitors or even the staff themselves..

The role of sonographer in infection control by protects themselves, patient and the ultrasound machine cleaning:

Protect themselves by: -Wearing clean clothes daily.
-Hair covers.
-Good hand washing.
-Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
-Cover your nose and mouth every time you cough or sneeze.
-Throw used tissue in a wastebasket.
-Masks should be worn.
-Gloves must be worn.

Protect patients by: -Change the bedspread after each patient.
-Give each patient a new cover.

ultrasound machine
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The transducer must be covered before insertion. The most preferred option is using a cover that is at least 38 microns thick. Examples of these include purpose made lubricated sheathes, surgical drape, surgical gloves or condoms. The transducer drape should fully cover the probe, minimising the risk of possible rupture by over stretching. At the end of the examination, the disposable cover should be removed with a gloved hand and discarded, taking care not to contaminate the surface of the transducer.
 Cleaning of the ultrasound transducer :
It`s very important after each use or patient by using a clean and soft cloth and antiseptic spray.

 Disinfection of the intracavity ultrasound transducer:
The cleaning or antiseptic spray should be consist of some chemicals which registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as high-level instrument grade disinfectants for class II medical devices are to be used for intracavity ultrasound transducers and these include :
- Ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA) 0.55%.
- Gluteraldehyde 2%.
- Hydrogen Peroxide, used with the Trophon EPR System.
- Peracetic Acid, as in STERIS

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