Episode 54: December 11, 2019 - High Level Disinfection for Ultrasound Probes

Are you considering options for high level disinfection for ultrasound probes used in vascular access? Listen as Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® describes her organization’s journey.

Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

Guest: Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® - Vascular Access Specialist, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital

Do ultrasound probes used in vascular access require high level disinfection? What are the responsibilities for bedside clinicians and vascular access teams in disinfecting durable medical equipment? Join as podcast guest Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® describes her organization’s efforts to answer these questions. Further, she discusses how to garner support from colleagues when developing a program of high-level disinfection, as well as instituting the process into daily workflows.

Resources: 

• CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008 Update: May 2019.  https://www.cdc.gov/infectionc... 
• Spaulding EH. Chemical disinfection of medical and surgical materials. In: Lawrence C, Block SS, eds. Disinfection, sterilization, and preservation. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1968:517-31.

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