This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss ways to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission in an ultrasound unit
2. Describe ultrasound cleaning transducer procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
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The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from 12/01/2022 through 12/01/2024, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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NOTE: Information and guidelines may change rapidly. Check in with listed references in ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ to best keep up to date
Various organizations have released documents to help ultrasound units navigate practical issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has released guidance, adapted from the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB). Due to the lack of data, the authors of these documents point out that statements should be considered ‘suggestions’ vs evidence-based guidance. In addition, they note that individual ultrasound practices should refer to their local governments and/or CDC.
If patient known or suspected COVID-19 positive
As ultrasound practitioners are in close contact with patients, surgical facemasks are essential to offer protection
These must be put on before entry into the patient room or care area
When available, N95 respirators or respirators that offer a higher level of protection should be used instead of a facemask when performing or present for an aerosol-generating procedure, particularly for use in the intensive care unit
…all external probes must undergo cleaning followed by low level disinfection to denature any presence of SARS-CoV-2 e.g. transducers used for transabdominal scanning, lung ultrasound or in the pediatric or emergency department setting
It is important to note that the low level disinfectant for COVID-19 is approved for use on ultrasound transducers and has proven viricidal efficacy
AIUM: Quick Guide on COVID-19 Protections —Patient and Ultrasound Provider Protection
WFUMB Position Statement: How to perform a safe ultrasound examination and clean equipment in the context of COVID-19
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