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Annals Commentary on US Gel Contamination

posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:24 AM by UCLA Clinical Ultrasound   [ updated Sep 24, 2012, 1:19 PM ]
Dr. Daniel Weingrow provides insightful commentary in the recent CDC investigation linking Pseudomonas growth in respiratory cultures of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery in a Michigan hospital.  The TEE probes were not contaminated, but the gel used was non-sterile and found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas

This is a reminder to use sterile gel for ultrasound-guided procedures, or when there is contact with non-intact skin or mucosal membranes.