Ultrasound Infection Prevention: COVID-19 and Beyond

Webinar Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Ruth M. Carrico PhD DNP FNP-C CIC FSHEA is a Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner with the University of Louisville School Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Carrico has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the CDC in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Dr. Carrico has authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts and served as the editor for the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology 2005-2012. Dr. Carrico has also served on the APIC National Board of Directors, the CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and as president of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC). She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna, a board member for the NFID and President of the Kentucky Nurses Association.

Raleigh White
Director of Imaging Services
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

Raleigh White serves as the Director of Imaging Services at Hutchinson Regional Health System. He has 30 years of experience in health care and has proven himself as an accomplished leader. Raleigh has developed his breadth of knowledge as a mid-level executive for major health systems, stand-alone hospitals and imaging centers in both for-profit and not -for-profit Healthcare. He earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University. He is recognized by The Association for Medical Imaging Management as a Certified Radiology Administrator and is Registered as a Radiologic Technologist by The American Registry Of Radiologic Technologists. Raleigh volunteered for military services as an Airmen in the US Air force and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 28 years of honorable services.

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