The authors describe an outbreak of Burkholderia cenocepacia bacteremia in 4 hospitals across Australia between the dates of March 2017 and May 2017. Eleven patients were infected, predominately in intensive care units. A collaborative outbreak response team was formed to investigate sources of the contamination. Intravenous fluids were cultured and testing of multiple potential sources were performed. The source of the infection was traced back to contaminated sterile ultrasound gel sachets within kits used in central line insertion and sterile procedures.
Fine needle aspiration (FNA) procedures often use ultrasound gel, which can create artefacts in the specimens and lead to misdiagnosis of the patient or a non-diagnostic sample.
Ultrasound gel presents a risk of infection when contaminated gel is used in ultrasound-guided needle procedures. Remove the use of gel from ultrasound procedures with Envision.
Clinical Evidence and Education Using Ultra-Pro II in Liver Biopsy Procedures Dr. Corinne Deurdulian, Department of Radiology, Keck Medical Center of USC Case Studies Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy of Deep Liver Lesion… read more →
Ultrasound may provide a limited view of the hip joint, as it only allows identification of joint effusion, synovitis and some tears of the labrum. This imaging technique is often useful for interventional procedures when supported by the Ultra-Pro II needle guide.
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Professor Fernando Jimenez Diaz, MD, PhD, University of Castilla la Mancha
Professor Giovanni Turtulici, MD, Ospedale Evangelico Presidio Castelletto-Genoa
Professor Enzo Silvestri, MD, University of Genoa
Disposable Ultra-Pro II™ Needle Guide Improves Infection Control in Busy Gastroenterology Department while VirtuTRAX™ Use Expands to Academic Medical Centers in Japan.