Bacterial contamination and cleanliness of emergency department ultrasound probes.

  title={Bacterial contamination and cleanliness of emergency department ultrasound probes.},
  author={Geoffrey E Sanz and Jonathan Theoret and Michael M. Liao and Catherine L Erickson and John L. Kendall},
  volume={13 6},
OBJECTIVES As ultrasonography is increasingly used in the emergency department (ED), ultrasound equipment has become a potential threat to infection control. Improperly cleaned ultrasound probes may serve as a vector for pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of MRSA colonization on ultrasound probes used in a busy, urban ED. It was hypothesized that cultures of our ED ultrasound probes would… CONTINUE READING


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