trophon®2 was the spotlight of an article by Health Europa entitled: Epidemiological data: re-examining infection control practices
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Health Europa is a published and online news source committed to highlighting the latest trends and developments in health and healthcare from across Europe and beyond. It provides a valuable platform to the health sector, allowing them to discuss research and innovation themes, health policy and new technologies.
What did the article explore
The risk of infection following transvaginal and transrectal ultrasound procedures is highlighted.
The article features data from a number of studies that sees the correlation between the increased use of surface probes to guide procedures, coupled with the potential to contact various patient sites presenting a complex challenge, as contact with these various body sites requires differing levels of disinfection or sterilisation between patient uses.
“Ultrasound procedures are now performed in various inpatient and outpatient settings by a wide range of health professionals, including sonographers, physicians, nurses, anaesthetists, interventional radiologists, OBGYNs, vascular surgeons, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Across these procedures, the probe has the potential to contact various patient sites, including intact skin, non-intact skin, mucous membranes and sterile tissue. Failure to adequately clean and disinfect medical devices like ultrasound probes between patients poses a serious risk to patient safety.”