Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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SDMS President's Message - August 2020

by Ted Whitten
TedWhitten_200x300Dear SDMS Members, 

I am pleased to report that the newly published Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer are now available to download.

It is essential that evidence-based infection prevention and control practices are in place to ensure sonographic procedures are safe for patients and sonographers. Developed by the SDMS Sonography Disinfection & Infection Control Task Force, the guidelines help sonographers fulfill their responsibility of making certain that the ultrasound transducer and other equipment used during procedures are properly cleaned and disinfected.

The guidelines outline a comprehensive set of recommendations to address the use, handling, cleaning, disinfection or sterilization, transport, and storage of transducers used in diagnostic medical sonography. The guidelines also provide guidance on when to use a transducer cover and what type of ultrasound gel should be used during certain procedures. A set of appendices is included in the guidelines containing step-by-step reference tables on how to prepare for and classify a sonographic procedure as well as reprocess the transducer used during a procedure.

Also available for download is the Sonography Procedures: Transducer Disinfection and Infection Control Worksheet. The worksheet is designed to educate students and allow facilities to evaluate infection control and disinfection policies and procedures and document variances from best practice (e.g., due to transducer manufacturer’s IFU limits).

I would like to recognize and thank Jennifer Bagley, MPH, RDMS, RVT, FAIUM, FSDMS (Chair), Roy Boukidjian, MSN, PHN, CIC, NE-BC, Mary Whitsett, BS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R)(T), and Talisha Hunt, BSRT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Board Liaison) for serving on the SDMS Sonography Disinfection & Infection Control Task Force. The task force spent many hours reviewing research and best practices to ensure that the guidelines are thorough and consistent with existing regulations and standards.

I would also like to thank the organizations who have endorsed or supported the Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer.

Endorsing Organizations

  • American College of Radiology
  • Australasian Sonographers Association
  • Philips Ultrasound, Inc.
  • Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Supporting Organizations*

  • Acertara Acoustic Lab
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • MITA® Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance
  • Sonography Canada

* Some organizations have internal policies that do not permit endorsement of external documents. “Supporting organization” denotes a more limited level of review and approval than endorsement and means the organization considers the clinical document to be of educational value, although it may not agree with every recommendation or statement in the document.

Thank you for your continued support of the SDMS. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to claim your free registration for the 2020 SDMS Annual Conference – Virtual Edition, September 25 - 27. With up to 17 SDMS CME credits available, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help us celebrate 50 years of advancing sonography AND earn SDMS CME credits without any travel or post-tests.

Sincerely,

TedWhitten

Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President

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