Ultrasound Transducer Decontamination

This best practice summary has been developed from the national and international guidelines and articles published over the last 5 years. It is intended to provide users of ultrasound with the information and general principles required to promote, ensure and evidence effective and safe decontamination of ultrasound machines and transducers. This summary is primarily related to transducer and ultrasound machine decontamination. Whilst this is important, it is not the only consideration in the overall protection of patients from infection. Consideration should also be given to all equipment and consumables, but this sits outside the remit of this summary.

This best practice summary should be implemented across the whole organisation, with consideration of all ultrasound machines and transducers, including loan and demonstration equipment, and in liaison with the local infection control team.


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