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CJEM. 2018 Oct 2:1-4. doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.447. [Epub ahead of print]

Evaluation of emergency department ultrasound machines for the presence of occult blood.

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*Department of Emergency Medicine,College of Medicine,University of Saskatchewan,Saskatoon,SK.
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†College of Medicine,University of Saskatchewan,Saskatoon,SK.
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‡Department of Community Health and Epidemiology,College of Medicine,University of Saskatchewan,Saskatoon,SK.
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§Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,Saskatchewan Health Authority,Saskatoon,SK.

Abstract

CLINICIAN'S CAPSULE What is known about the topic? Bedside ultrasound is a frequently used tool in the emergency department (ED), with no standard cleaning protocols in place. What did this study ask? Is there visible and occult contamination of the ED ultrasound machine after daily use and in trauma? What did this study find? This study found that the ultrasound machine tested positive for occult blood contamination on 10% of daily tests and on 43% of assessments after use in trauma. Why does this study matter to clinicians? Standard cleaning practices should be implemented to reduce contamination rates.

KEYWORDS:

blood contamination; emergency department; occult contamination; ultrasound

PMID:
30277177
DOI:
10.1017/cem.2018.447

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