Probes used in contact with mucous membranes should be disinfected by an automated device.Carl-Fredrik Borchgrevink-LundHygienic nurse, Department for Infection Control | Oslo Hospital Service
Oslo University Hospital has made the decision to implement HLD as best practice standard of care for semi critical probes and promoting the importance of automated high level disinfection. This ensures the highest standard of care delivered to protect patients and staff from the risk of cross contamination.
A publication from Egil Lingaas from the Department of Infection Control at Oslo University Hospital covers the decontamination of ultrasound devices as well as contamination rates. Read more here.
See below the evolution of European guidelines over time for ultrasound probe disinfection.