January 18, 2018   | Posted in: Announcements, College News

New reprocessing requirements for ultrasound probes

Community-based physicians using ultrasound probes that come into contact with mucosal membranes, and those used for needle guidance in an aseptic field, are required to implement the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC’s (PICNet) Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection in Medical Ultrasound to Prevent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Transmission, which include using an oxidizing-based high-level disinfectant with label claims for non-enveloped viruses.  
The Ministry of Health has directed that PICNet’s recommendations must be implemented as soon as possible and no later than July 31, 2018. The ministry has also confirmed that PICNet’s recommendations do not include colonoscopes and other reusable medical devices at this time.   
Questions regarding the ministry’s requirement to implement the PICNet recommendations can be directed to the following College programs:
  • Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA)
  • Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP)
  • Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP)
To help physicians implement the recommendations in their practice, the College has published Reprocessing Requirements for Ultrasound Probes, which can be found here