Reprocessing ultrasound probes used in percutaneous procedures

Clinical Bulletins

Critical Summary:

  • Percutaneous procedures are a common and diverse group of medical interventions

  • These procedures often utilize ultrasound to guide the needle and increase first attempt success rates

  • The level of disinfection required for ultrasound probes used in percutaneous procedures varies depending on the type of tissue that the probe contacts

  • A number of factors can increase the risk of contact between the probe and sterile tissue, such as the technique used or anatomy of the patient

  • Clinicians performing percutaneous procedures must be aware of these complexities and ensure that ultrasound probes have received the appropriate level of disinfection based on the Spaulding Classification