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Agri. 2019 Jan;31(1):9-14. doi: 10.5505/agri.2018.52386.

Evaluation of ultrasonography probe disinfection habits in peripheral and/or central regional blocks applied with ultrasound guidance.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Konya Training and Research Hospital, Konya, Turkey.



Ultrasonography-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) applications are important in the practice of the anesthesiology and algology in our country as well as in the world. Despite the positive effect on the patient care of the UGRA, there is concern that ultrasound probes may be used repeatedly and assume a vector role in pathogen transport. There is no standard protocol in our country to provide basic hygiene before UGRA techniques, which is a part of the daily practices of anesthesiologists. In the study, it was aimed to investigate the probes and skin disinfection habits applied by the anesthesiologists.


After the approval of the ethics committee, random selection was made from the UGRA-administered clinics in our country and the questionnaire consisting of 14 questions was e-mailed (e-mail) to 430 participants.


Distribution of preferred agents for USG probe disinfectant: povidone iodine 45.5%, octenidine 8%, chlorhexidine 5.4%, alcohol solutions 7.1 %. The rate of participants who indicated that they had received a disinfection course or certificate to engage in UGRA-related initiatives was 39.3%.


Although the most commonly used disinfectant povidone iodide and disinfection training rate is less than 50%, the incidence of UGRA-associated infection is very low. In our country, we believe that the study has provided data on the preferences of disinfection methods of anesthetists in UGRA applications. However, we believe that it is required to be worked in larger study groups that include more anesthesiologists, in order to provide more generalizable data.

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