There are multiple steps involved in ultrasound probe reprocessing and decontamination: cleaning, disinfection, transport and storage. Each of these steps is paramount to the overall success of the ultrasound probe reprocessing.
Appropriate reprocessing of ultrasound probes is required to prevent transmission of infection when probes are used on subsequent patients. There are four important stages involved in effective reprocessing:
- Nyhsen CM, Humphreys H, Koerner RJ, Grenier N, Brady A, Sidhu P, et al. Infection prevention and control in ultrasound — best practice recommendations from the European Society of Radiology Ultrasound Working Group. Insights into imaging. 2017.
- EFSUMB (European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology) - 2017 http://www.efsumb.org/safety/resources/2017-probe_cleaning.pdf