The objective in developing this adapted toolkit has been to provide a relevant resource regarding infection prevention during the use and reprocessing of ultrasound probes in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has been adapted from the original USA toolkit by local clinical experts with backgrounds in infection prevention and instrument reprocessing.
The IP toolkit components
The IP toolkit components are summarised below and each tool can be downloaded individually
Tool 1 :
Locate ＆ Profile
Part A lists strategies can help locate ultrasound machines in your facility. Locating ultrasound machines can be a challenging task, as they may move around, be uncatalogued, or may be unknown to personnel with responsibility for probe use and reprocessing. After locating ultrasound machines with the Locate tool, Part B is an audit tool that can be used to observe and assess procedure specific ultrasound policy and practice. First record the procedure and department, then work through the profile form. The questions guide the user through their policy and an observation checklist is provided to record actual practice. The tool leads the user to an action plan (Part C) if there is no policy, or if there are discrepancies between policy, practice and guidelines.
Tool 2 :
This tool is organised by department and provides a range of typical procedures that may be encountered in that department. Probe use and reprocessing requirements based on current editions of local, regional and global guidelines, are presented as a decision-making algorithm. The flow chart can be printed out and displayed throughout office and procedure rooms, and used as a quick reference chart for healthcare workers to determine whether practice is compliant with available guidelines.
Tool 3 :
Example Risk Assessment
This tool contains four completely editable templates designed to assess potential harm from hazards that may be encountered during the use and reprocessing (cleaning, disinfection, storage and transport) of ultrasound probes. There is a sample risk matrix and further instructions provided. A facility should aim to mitigate all significant risks to the lowest risk rating and if this is not possible, the existing workflow and/or products should be reconsidered.
Tool 4 :
Policy Development Framework
This tool is a policy development framework designed to help develop infection prevention policies for all settings where ultrasound technology is used and probes are reprocessed. It can be used to develop a universal hospital policy or a department specific policy and has been developed based on major guidelines, standards and evidence based scientific literature.