How to Properly Disinfect Transvaginal Probes

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In this training, nurses/attendees will learn how what the current industry and Joint Commission standards are regarding high-level disinfection of transvaginal probes used during first trimester limited obstetrical ultrasound examinations. Attendees will learn what methods are currently available, what procedures and compounds are safe for nurses, Sonographers and patients. Most importantly, they will learn what the risks are to transmit disease from one patient to the other, or themselves, if improper device reprocessing procedures are being performed.


Presented by Kevin Rooker, RT(R), RDMS, RVT.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for one contact hour(s).


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, nurses/attendees will be able to:

Assess: 1. That the policies and procedures that their facility has in place for transvaginal probe reprocessing, including high-level disinfection is acceptable according to industry and Joint Commission standards.

Describe: 1. What the industry and Joint Commission standards are for semi-critical device reprocessing2. What are the diseases to be concerned about and what are the risks of transmission of those to patients or operators 3. What are the proper procedures for low and high-level disinfection, and what are the available tools to properly disinfect and reprocess ultrasound probes.

Evaluate: 1. The current policies and procedures within their ultrasound facility regarding probe reprocessing. 2. The plan to bring their PRC into compliance with Joint Commission standards

A. Levels of probe disinfection

1. Low-level disinfection

2. High-level disinfection

3. Spaludings Classification

  • a. critical
  • b. semi-critical
  • c. non-critical

B. Potentially harmful pathogens

1. HPV

2. STD’s (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, trichomoniasis)

3. HIV 4. Risks of transmission

C. Disinfection processes

1. Low-level disinfection

  • a. probe cleaning prior to LLD
  • b. US system cleaning
  • c. exam table cleaning

2. High-level disinfection

  • a. pre-cleaning and inspection
  • b. MRC testing and temperature check
  • c. high-level disinfection soaking
  • d. rinse
  • e. storage

D. Regulations and agency guidelines


2. The Joint Commission


4. International

E. Nurse and patient protection

1. Personal protection equipment

2. Ventilation requirements

3. Disposal requirements

F. Manual vs Automated HLD

1. Manual pros and cons

2. Automated pros and cons

G. Tips to stay in compliance

1. Know what the standards are (ignorance is no excuse)

2. Know your manufacturers recommendations

3. Keep accurate and complete records

4. Know where to get accurate answers

5. Written policies – get them, use them

6. Train new employees immediately, update training routinely

H. Keeping Things in Perspective

1. While proper HLD is potentially costly, shortcuts could cost you more

2. Clients have an expectation that we are doing what is correct


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