As automated reprocessing solutions replace time-consuming manual processes, point of care HLD of ultrasound probes has become a safe and effective alternative to centralized methods. When taking into account key considerations around technology, traceability, safety and workflows, point of care HLD can be an efficient and cost-effective way to prevent patients from the risk of infection.
More than 140 million ultrasound procedures take place annually in the United States, making it one of the most common and versatile medical technologies. High-level disinfection of ultrasound probes has evolved, with manual processes being replaced by automated systems that require less hands-on time and can be used at point of care. With the right technology, ultrasound probes can be safely reprocessed without having to leave the room, avoiding the cost and complexities associated with probe transport. For all point of care reprocessing, there are factors that facilities and healthcare staff should consider to maximize the safety and efficiency of disinfection workflows.