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NHSScotland Guidance for Decontamination of Semi-Critical Ultrasound Probes; Semi-invasive and Non-invasive Ultrasound Probes

Published on 01 January 2017

From: Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland

Sets out the operational procedures for decontamination of Semi-critical probes using High Level Disinfection (HLD).



This guidance sets out the operational procedures covering decontamination of Semi-critical probes using High Level Disinfection (HLD). This covers specifically; Semi-Invasive Ultrasound Probes (SIUPs) and non-invasive ultrasound probes used in semi-critical procedures. Generic Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on procedures required for the full decontamination process are provided as appendices and are referenced throughout the guidance document. An algorithm has been included as appendix 7 for healthcare workers involved in using and/or decontaminating semi critical probes. A further three SOPs detailing three different methods of HLD (hydrogen peroxide mist, ultraviolet-C light and manual multi-wipes) are also provided.

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