Ultraschall Med 2018; 39(03): 284-303
DOI: 10.1055/s-0044-102006
Guidelines & Recommendations
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DEGUM Recommendations on Infection Prevention in Ultrasound and Endoscopic Ultrasound

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Thomas Müller
1   Department of Internal Medicine I, Kreiskliniken Reutlingen, Germany
Heike Martiny
2   Technical Hygiene, Charite, Berlin, Germany
Eberhard Merz
3   Center for Ultrasound and prenatal Medicine, Center for Ultrasound and Prenatal Medicine, Frankfurt, Germany
Jens Döffert
4   Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Kreisklinikum Calw-Nagold, Calw, Germany
Matthias Wüstner
5   Central Ultrasound Department, Bruederkrankenhaus, Trier, Germany
Wolfgang Lessel
6   Urologie, Praxis, Magdeburg, Germany
Hans Heynemann
7   Urology, Universitatsklinikum Halle, Germany
Thomas Enzmann
8   Klinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Klinikum Brandenburg, Germany
Heiko Dudwiesus
9   Langenfeld, Germany
Dieter Nuernberg
10   Department of Gastroenterology, Brandenburg University of Medicine Theodor Fontane, Neuruppin, Germany
Christian Tesch
11   Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Praxis, Hamburg, Germany
Marc André Weber
12   Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Universitätsmedizin Rostock, Germany
Siegfried Krishnabhakdi
13   Department of Vascular Surgery, Klinikum Herford, Germany
Jörg Heil
14   Department of Gynekology and Obstetrics, University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
Alexander Wree
15   Internal Medicine III, Universitatsklinikum Aachen, Germany
Christian Jenssen
16   Klinik für Innere Medizin, Krankenhaus Märkisch Oderland Strausberg/ Wriezen, Germany
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Publication History

12 September 2017

29 December 2017

Publication Date:
06 March 2018 (online)


Microbial contamination of ultrasound probes for percutaneous or endoscopic use is common. However, infectious diseases caused by transmission of microorganisms by US procedures have rarely been reported. In Germany, legal regulations address hygiene in ultrasound procedures. Based on these regulations and the available literature, an expert panel of the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM) has formulated sophisticated recommendations on hygienic measures in percutaneous and endoscopic US, including US-guided interventions.