Hand Sanitizer Proves Cheap Ultrasound Gel

Regular ultrasound gel bottle may not be sterile and individual packets are costly so hand sanitizer was tried with success.

Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Sep-Oct;41(5):655-6. doi: 0.1097/AAP.0000000000000435.
Hand Sanitizer as an Alternative to Ultrasound Transmission Gel.
Sutton E(1), Bullock WM, Khan T, Eng M, Gadsden J.
no abstract

  • “a 63% vol/vol isopropyl alcohol (Steris Cal Stat Plus; Steris Corporation, Mentor, Ohio) or 62% ethyl alcohol (Steris Alcare Plus; Steris Corporation) solution produces an equivalent ultrasound image when compared with traditional gels.”
  • much cheaper
  • They also covered  the ultrasound transducer with a transparent film and  cleaned the ultrasound probe and cable with germicidal wipes after every use.
  • They kept the gel away from the actual puncture sites by wiping it away from there.

Comment – thank you for a simple answer to this issue. This obviated need for alcohol swabs and it often dried itself off rather than needing to be wiped off. sac michael kors soldes sac michael kors soldes

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