- 1 in 25 patients will acquire an infection during a hospital stay1.
- Up to 70% of HAIs are preventable using existing infection prevention practices3.
- 12.9% of transducers are contaminated with pathogenic bacteria following routine disinfection5.
- Up to 9% of barrier sheaths and condoms leak7.
- Of the 1.7 million people infected in U.S. hospitals, 98,987 die4. As a result, there are more efforts around controlling and preventing HAIs than ever before - and the disinfection of ultrasound transducers can play a critical part in that.
- Up to 7.5% of transvaginal ultrasound transducers were found to have HPV DNA, a known cause of cervical cancer, after low-level disinfection with wipes6.
- One of the Top 5 non compliance findings by The Joint Commission is reducing risk of infections associated with medical devices or equipment8.
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Guidelines & Recommendations
1. Electronically accessed. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf
2. Marchetti, A. and Rossiter, R. (2013). J Med Econ 2013 Dec;16(12):1399-404.
3. Scott RD. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009).
4. Klevens, M et al., Estimating Health Care-Associated Infections and Deaths in U.S. Hospitals,. Public Health Rep. 122: 160-66, 2007 (2002 Data).
5. Leroy SJ. Hosp Infect 2013 83(2):99-106.
6. Ma S et al. Emerg Med J. 2013 30(6):472-5.
7. Vickery K et al. J Inf Pub Health 2013; in press.
8. Electronically accessed: thejointcommission.org. May 2014. Issue Two. Improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected equipment.
9. RutalaWA, Weber DJ, HICPAC. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. USA: Centers for Disease Control; CDC 2008.
10. American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Guidelines for cleaning and preparing external and internal-use ultrasound probes between patients. AIUM Official Statement.
Online at: http://www.aium.org/officialStatements/57. Accessed March 8, 2016.
12. Electronically accessed: Joint Commission Alert is Another Wake-Up Call for Awareness of Improper HLD or Sterilization.
13. Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). In: Sharon A. Van Wicklin, editor. High-Level Disinfection. AORN Guidelines for periOperative Practice Online. Online:
AORN, Inc; 2018. p. I.HLD1-I.HLD24.