To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level disinfection (HLD) process.
Multiple US guidelines advise that all semi-critical instruments should undergo high level disinfection (HLD) between patient exposures, including surface probes used in semi-critical procedures.
A surface probe can contact a patient’s broken skin and bodily fluids and could become contaminated with blood and microorganisms.
We’ve put together a useful chart telling you exactly what sort of ultrasound probe procedures require the application of HLD before use.
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