Can ultrasound probes and coupling gel be a source of nosocomial infection in patients undergoing sonography? An in vivo and in vitro study.

@article{Muradali1995CanUP,
  title={Can ultrasound probes and coupling gel be a source of nosocomial infection in patients undergoing sonography? An in vivo and in vitro study.},
  author={Derek Muradali and Wayne Lawrence Gold and Anastasia Phillips and Susan K. Wilson},
  journal={AJR. American journal of roentgenology},
  year={1995},
  volume={164 6},
  pages={1521-4}
}
OBJECTIVE At our institution, ultrasound probes are wiped with a clean, dry, soft, absorbent paper towel after each procedure as a basic standard of probe disinfection. However, it was unclear if this provided a sufficient level of decontamination. This study was designed to determine if the ultrasound probe and coupling gel can act as a vector of nosocomial infection and to describe a cost-effective method of probe handling that allows optimal control of infection. SUBJECTS AND METHODS In… CONTINUE READING

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