[Journals]: Contaminated Ultrasound Gel Tied to Outbreak of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Study contact: Paul Chittick/Paul.Chittick@beaumont.edu
“Ultrasound is a critical healthcare tool used every day in both diagnostic and interventional procedures,” said Paul Chittick, MD, lead author of the study. “Although contaminated gel has been the cause of several documented outbreaks of infection, its potential role as a vehicle for spreading infections to patients is frequently overlooked.”
As a result of this investigation, the FDA issued a warning about the gel, alerting the risk of infection posed by the product and instructing healthcare providers and systems not to use the infected products.
The Beaumont Health System investigators also recently published proposed guidelines in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology for the use of sterile versus nonsterile ultrasound gel. These guidelines include the need for sterile, single-dose ultrasound gel to be used for all invasive procedures and give appropriate storage and warming methods for the gel. Prior to this, no such guidelines existed in the United States.
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