Ultrasound Infection Prevention: COVID-19 and Beyond
Lung and cardiac ultrasound is an important tool in the management of COVID-19 patients in critical care and radiology settings, and healthcare facilities need to prepare for the long term management of COVID-19 risks. Federal guidelines on probe reprocessing are based on the Spaulding classification, and continue to apply during the pandemic. Important considerations include proper probe cleaning, disinfection, storage and traceability. Professional societies have also published COVID-19 guidance to assist their membership in their decision making, which will be reviewed.
Successful implementation of best practices is essential to mitigate safety risks to patients and staff. In this session, we will also review practical approaches to aligning ultrasound infection prevention practices with Federal guidelines facility wide, including in departments such as emergency, the intensive care unit, interventional radiology and surgery. Standardization and automation of probe reprocessing before the pandemic prepared one site to focus its efforts on other aspects of COVID-19 management, including cross-site collaboration and management of patients requiring imaging.
- Analyze the ultrasound infection prevention challenges from the COVID-19 frontline, and how healthcare facilities need to prepare for long term management of COVID-19 risks.
- Explain the Spaulding classification and Federal guidelines on ultrasound probe reprocessing and that they apply during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Discuss ultrasound probe reprocessing best practices, including considerations for cleaning, high level disinfection, storage and traceability.
- Identify how to implement standardized ultrasound probe reprocessing practices facility wide using a collaborative approach, and how this process prepared a facility for COVID-19.
Prof Ruth Carrico
PhD DNP FNP-C CIC FSHEA
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Louisville School of Medicine
CRA, RT(R), MA
Director of Imaging Services
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center