Webinar | Ultrasound Imaging| October 07, 2015

Webinar: Ultrasound Probe Disinfection — Addressing Your Current Challenges

Webinar sponsored by GE Healthcare and Nanosonics

Bob DeJong

Bob DeJong

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are a major challenge for healthcare organizations and reducing the risk of HAIs has never been more important. Yet current high level disinfection practices come with challenges: exposure to harmful chemicals, inconsistent manual processes that can slow workflow, and lack of effectiveness in eliminating microorganisms on the probe — including the handle. One of the top 5 non-compliance findings by The Joint Commission is reducing the risk of infections associated with medical devices or equipment.[1] It is now known that high-risk HPV (human papillomavirus) is strongly resistant to a number of disinfectants including aldehyde-based high level disinfectants.[2] This webinar will provide detail regarding this new development and offer potential solutions to mitigate transmission risk in the ultrasound environment. . 

The trophon EPR is an automated, environmentally friendly high level disinfection system that eliminates the use of harmful chemicals such as OPA. It helps address many of the challenges associated with current disinfection practices.

The Webinar took place Nov.18, 2015. Register to access the archive version of this webinar



Robert De Jong RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, FAIUM, is currently the technical manager of ultrasound of the Russell H.Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Md. He completed his radiography education at The Johns Hopkins School of Radiologic Technology in 1976. After graduation he obtained a position at a community hospital in Baltimore where he was asked to learn a new imaging modality called ultrasound. Robert is active in the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS) and is currently serving on the Annual Conference Committees. He was honored by the SDMS with The Joan Baker Pioneer Award in 1996 and elevated to fellow membership status by both the SDMS and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). He is registered by the ARDMS in abdominal, OB/Gyn, vascular and adult echocardiography. He lectures at various local, state and national levels on a variety of topics including new technologies and advances, Doppler, abdominal and male pelvis, teamwork, and customer service.


Cathryn Murphy, Ph.D.

Murphy is an infection prevention expert who has enjoyed more than 25 years’ experience working in senior positions with governments, professional associations and clinicians around the world. Cathryn is an associate editor of The American Journal of Infection Control and a past-president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc (APIC). She is APIC’s 2015 Carol de Mille Award recipient. 

After completing her Ph.D., Cathryn worked at the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That experience well prepared her for ongoing work with the World Health Organization during the 2003 SARs outbreak, as a consultant to the Vietnamese government and as a trainer to the WHO’s Global Outreach and Response Network. Since 2009 she has been an invited member of the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts. 

As an independent consultant at Infection Control Plus since 2004, Cath has provided insight and strategic solutions to clinical, professional and commercial clients globally. She is widely published and well known for her frank and fearless presentations.

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About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems. 

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

About Nanosonics

Nanosonics developed the unique automated trophon® technology, which is the first major innovation in high level disinfection (HLD) for ultrasound probes in more than 20 years. This proprietary technology is now being introduced around the world and has the opportunity to become the new standard of care as it safely and effectively addresses the issues with traditional ultrasound probe disinfection practices.

Nanosonics Ltd is headquartered in Sydney, Australia with offices in the US and Europe, and is listed on the Australian stock exchange (ASX:NAN).

Nanosonics has a highly experienced team of professionals dedicated to providing HLD solutions for your ultrasound suite.


1Electronically accessed: thejointcommission.org. May 2014. Issue Two. Improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected equipment.) 

2Meyers, J., et al., Susceptibility of high-risk human papillomavirus type 16 to clinical disinfectants. J Antimicrob Chemother, 2014. 

trophon is a registered trademark of Nanosonics. Ltd. GE Healthcare is a distributor of trophon EPR.

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