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.
“In radiofrequency ablation, monitoring the electrode tip during ablation of a thyroid nodule with the VirtuTRAX™ technique is feasible and helpful to increase safety of the procedure.”
Professor Giovanni Turtulici, MD, Ospedale Evangelico Presidio Castelletto-Genoa
Disposable Ultra-Pro II™ Needle Guide Improves Infection Control in Busy Gastroenterology Department while VirtuTRAX™ Use Expands to Academic Medical Centers in Japan.
This case demonstrated that monitoring of electrode tip using VirtuTRAX is feasible and helpful for thyroid RFA. The VirtuTRAX device could increase the accuracy and the outcome of thyroid RFA while reducing the complication rate, shortening the procedure time and learning curve.
One of the largest single-center studies comparing the yield and complication rate of 2,138 kidney biopsies was performed by Nephrologists in a tertiary care teaching institute in India. The patient demographic ranged from pediatric to adult and the kidney biopsy types included native, graph and transplanted organs. During the first observational period spanning April 2004 – December 2010, 1,510 ultrasound-guided biopsies were performed by Nephrologists with the imaging support of a Radiologist and without the use of a biopsy needle guide device. During the second period of evaluation, January 2011 – March 2013, 628 renal biopsies were performed solely by Nephrologists using both real-time ultrasound imaging ultrasound systems and Ultra-Pro II™ needle guide.