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QA Quiz: Are you really doing Ultrasound QA?

To celebrate the BMUS conference this year, we have created a quick quiz on Ultrasound Quality Assurance. Every entry submitted also is submitted into a prize draw for a iPad (closing date midday December 17th 2021)

You may find some of the answers to the QA quiz at our BMUS conference presentation on December 8th at 3.30pm. We will be presenting from our advanced probe testing lab and all industry sessions are free to watch: Anatomy of an ultrasound probe: What’s inside and why it’s important to you

Multi-Medix is offering a free consultation to anyone wishing to start or improve their ultrasound QA programme, please email for more information. In the meantime, you may want to view our our “Diagnostic Ultrasound Quality Assurance Manual” and videos by joining the Multi-Medix Online Knowledge Portal.

Good luck!

 

Diagnostic Ultrasound Quality Assurance Manual

Diagnostic Ultrasound Quality Assurance Manual available on the www.multi-medix.com on the Ultrasound QA Knowledge portal

 

 

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Silver sponsor at BMUS Conference 2021

Multi-Medix is proud to be a silver sponsor at the BMUS Conference this year. The title for the 2021 conference is “Striving for Excellence”: a message that resonates with our mission to provide Quality Assurance training and services.

We are an active participant in the BMUS conference – we intend to attend many of the session as well as the presenting those below. Our team are looking forward to interacting with the BMUS Community from November 29th through to December 9th.

Registration is open until Sunday 28th November, with the industry sessions such as ours, free to watch. A full programme of events can be found here.

Multi-Medix is participating the following events:

Thursday December 2nd 10am

New Beamforming Technologies etc

Our Research Director, Dr Nick Dudley, presents on “Sonographer Lead Ultrasound QA”, as part of a general session on QA.

“With the ever-wider adoption of the Quality Standard for Imaging by clinical departments across the country, the regular quality assurance testing of ultrasound scanners by sonographers and physicists is becoming increasingly important. This session examines some of the new and established quality assurance techniques that are available today, and shows how they can be effectively implemented in busy imaging departments”

For more information about the session, click here:

The “Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual”, available on the Multi-Medix website by joining the QA Knowledge portal here is a great aide for anyone wishing to start a User QA Programme.

Diagnostic Ultrasound Quality Assurance Manual

Monday December 6th 8pm

“A survey of ultrasound QA implementation in the UK “- 

In July 2020, A questionnaire was developed and sent to 170 NHS Chief Executives and relevant Imaging departments to establish the level of QA in place in their Trusts. Our Research Director, Dr Nick Dudley, goes through the findings and recommendations.

This is followed by

The BMUS Conference Quiz! 

The ever popular quiz this year is being sponsored by Multi-Medix. Get you fingers on the buzzers and no cheating please!

 

Wednesday December 3.30pm – FREE INDUSTRY SESSION

“Anatomy of the Probe: What’s inside and why its important to you”

Effective transducer care is important to patient safety.

Learn how to look after your probe from the inside out. We will be in our advanced probe testing lab, ready for a practical session showing you a dissected probe.

For more information, click here

 

Win an iPad!

To celebrate the BMUS conference this year, we have created a quick quiz on Ultrasound Quality Assurance. Every entry submitted also is submitted into a prize draw for a iPad (closing date midday December 17th 2021)

To take the quiz, click here. Good luck!

 

We look forward to learning, meeting with you (albeit virtually) and hopefully also being able to have some laughs with you all over the two weeks of the conference.

The Multi-Medix Team

 

 

 

 

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RAD magazine: Ultrasound QA – a case study

Multi-Medix was featured in RAD Magazine in July, reviewing the recent ultrasound QA webinars and providing a case study on how we have helped hospitals set up their ultrasound QA programmes.

To read a copy of the article, click here.

We are really proud of the reception our webinars received. Co-hosted with Dr Nick Dudley and Gillian Harrison, the webinars were well attended with a worldwide audience, interested in implementing ultrasound user QA. Webinar recordings are available to all on the Multi-Medix website via the Online Knowledge Portal.

The webinars are intended to simplify the implementation of ultrasound user QA with the intention of enabling ultrasound departments to implement user QA programmes themselves.

For those departments who are under resourced or simply do have the time to start a user QA programme, Multi-Medix can offer a helping hand. QA Protect enables ultrasound departments to get started and grow the teams’ confidence, empowering them to do regular QA activities.

Ultrasound departments have already benefited from the using the resources on the online portal.

The RAD magazine article featured, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and the QA Programme Multi-Medix helped them implement:

“Through our QA checks, we have picked up things that may not have been spotted until the annual service. It has been really useful to have the ongoing support that Multi-Medix provides. We can simply send a photo of an image or probe or ask a question to the technical staff at any time. This provides us with greater confidence in our ultrasound systems.

“The enhancements Multi-Medix suggested to our QA system, have been easy to administer and have become part of day to day routines. In fact, because it is standardised it has allowed us to extend it to other departments, so we are all doing the same thing, saving time,” Olga Allan, lead sonographer in obstetric ultrasound, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

These words are echoed in many ultrasound departments and clinics around the country already using the patented programme. Sonographers can quickly and easily perform their mandatory QA checks: safety and quality are assured, patient scanning time is maximised. Finally, through learning and implementing QA, staff can gain CPD credit.

QA Everyday is unique: it provides a QA service ‘in a box’ that covers everything needed to start a QA programme, support sonographers with their day to day QA and provide an independent audit. Ultrasound users become confident in their own ability and therefore confident in their systems safety compliance.

Multi-Medix is offering a free consultation to anyone wishing to improve their ultrasound QA programme, please email for more information. Free recordings of the QA webinars are available on the Multi-Medix Online Knowledge Portal.

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Bitesize Webinar Series: Ultrasound User Quality Assurance

Multi-Medix is proud to announce that it will be holding “bitesize” QA webinars in May.

Each webinar will only be 20 mins long with 10 minutes for questions at the end, available live and via recordings.

If you are thinking of starting an ultrasound QA programme or want a refresher on QA activities, these informal and short sessions are ideal.

The series of webinars will include the following topics & will all be at 7.30pm GMT.

All webinars will be hosted by Dr Nick Dudley and Darren Woolley, who will be joined for session 4 by Gillian Harrison, Professional Officer Ultrasound SCoR.

No 1      Tuesday 4th May            Components of a QA system

No 2      Tuesday 11th May          User QA & Audit

No 3      Tuesday 18th May          Baselining

No 4      Tuesday 25th May        “Putting it all together”. Open Q&A and discussion re CPD.

After each webinar, the recording will be held here for you access whenever you wish.  If you can’t wait until May, don’t forget we have 8 short videos to accompany our ” Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual – simply log onto the Online Knowledge portal to see them.

Register here

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Starting an Ultrasound User QA Programme?

As we are often asked about starting an Ultrasound User QA programme, here’s some advice on why a QA programme should be implemented and delivered. Read on to find out what has been the outcome at an NHS Trust we have recently visited.

Why train staff on Ultrasound QA?

On average, studies show a third of systems/probes have defects. These can be picked up easily from daily and monthly user QA checks. Though ultrasound systems may be under maintenance contracts, these may not include ultrasound QA checks, and are usually annual. The primary objective of the user QA training is to empower staff to be able to perform ultrasound user QA, enabling greater patient safety.

Demystifying Ultrasound QA for sonographers

Many sonographers tell us they are wary of the “physics” when it comes to ultrasound QA. Multi-Medix aims to demystify ultrasound user QA for sonographers. (And this does not necessitate revision of physics modules from your student days in order to get started!)

Implementing ultrasound user QA – it’s all about creating new habits

You can start a QA Programme today: The Multi-Medix Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual and Knowledge portal are freely available and include step by step video guides providing a practical starting point to starting an Ultrasound User QA programme. Click here for more information.

Each hospital in the UK was sent a physical copy of the manual also. Please contact qa@multi-medix.com for more information and further copies.

However, sometimes asking for help can “kickstart” new behaviours more effectively. For user QA to be effective, ideally it should become routine. When starting a new exercise habit, we often choose to join a regular class or hire a personal trainer. They check on how we doing, helping to enforce the new habit. In the same way, some hospitals and clinics choose to ask Multi-Medix to help implement their good QA habits therefore delivering positive outcomes more quickly.

Each hospital is different – there is no “one size fits all”. Recently we visited South Warwickshire NHS Trust. There was a lot of careful discussion with staff before a mutually agreed programme and timetable was decided. This included how the training was to take place, over what time period (so patient appointments were not impacted) and how success could be measured. Existing maintenance contract and medical physics department support were also taken into consideration so there was no duplication of effort and only existing gaps in necessary QA work were filled.

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South Warwickshire NHS Trust training “in a nutshell”

4 staff were trained over 2 months

15 systems were QA baselined

Favourite staff comment was “You did not blind us with physics talk!”

6 visits were made (to work around patient appointments)

Follow up visits arranged.

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Positive outcomes

Ultrasound user QA training is an investment in staff and systems, that pays back over time.

Empowerment: Staff leave the course confident that they are able to perform regular checks and they, in turn, can train others.

Compliance: A functional QA programme that aligns with the mandatory requirement of OEMs, guiding institutes and societies.

Financial payback: Quality assurance processes help to prolong the life of the system – early defects are spotted that are more likely to be fixed at a lower cost than replacing equipment later.

Peace of mind: Staff have greater confidence and peace of mind that the ultrasound systems they are using on patients are giving accurate readings.

About Multi-Medix

The Multi-Medix team are built on the foundations of ex-NHS Clinical Scientists and Clinical Technologists, we are passionate about quality, customer service and patient safety.

Multi-Medix are specialists in ultrasound, offering a range of independent multi-brand services at affordable prices.

Multi-Medix are ISO 13485:2016 certified by BSI under certificate number MD 677953.

We are the independent choice for specialist diagnostic imaging ultrasound services, offering essential services and savings to Hospitals, Healthcare Professionals, Business’s and Veterinarians.

Would you like to see what we get up to in our lab? Take a look here.

Multi-Medix offers an extensive range of services for Ultrasound Equipment you can find out more here. 

You can also find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

 

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Multi-Medix continues to grow its team

Multi-Medix continues to grow it's team, picture of Jen Riner, new Managing Director of Multi-Medix Inc

Multi-Medix Inc Continues to grow it’s the team and welcomes a new Managing Director.

Multi-Medix continues to grow its team and is delighted to welcome Jen Riner as Managing Director of Multi-Medix Inc.

Jen has extensive ultrasound experience that spans almost two decades, previously holding senior positions at both Probo and Trisonics.

Multi Medix are proud to have her on board and look forward to working with her. She will be working out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where the direct contact telephone number is 888-820-6003.

You can follow Multi-Medix Inc on LinkedIn.

 

 

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Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual & QA Knowledge Portal

Diagnostic Ulltrasound QA Manual from Multi-Medix

Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual from Multi-Medix

The Multi-Medix Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual was distributed to all hospitals in the UK before Christmas 2020. Each Imaging Department received a copy with our Christmas “snow probe” postcard.

We are really proud to have reached this milestone. Though the book took 6 months of hard work to create, it’s the culmination of decades of research and practical experience.

This knowledge is also shared with the videos that accompany the book, providing practical “how-to” guides that have never been available before.

Multi- Medix Knowledge Portal

It was important to us that the book did not become a static document that simply gets put on a shelf. Therefore we have also created the Ultrasound QA Knowledge Portal https://multi-medix.com/us/quality-assurance/. Here you can find the book, the videos and continued updates to the information held. We already have plans for additional material for the book which we look forward to sharing in the second edition.

Ultrasound QA is a mandatory activity. Yet so often the prospect of starting a QA programme can seem daunting. The book aims to demystify ultrasound QA through clear, practical guidance. It’s encouraging to see how high the initial interest was in the book and portal, only days after their launch. We have received registrations from sonographers, medical physicists, biomedical scientists, vets and physiotherapists worldwide.

If you have any questions about the book, the portal or about how to start a QA programme, please email qa@multi-medix.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

About Multi-Medix

The Multi-Medix team are built on the foundations of ex-NHS Clinical Scientists and Clinical Technologists, we are passionate about quality, customer service and patient safety.

Multi-Medix are specialists in ultrasound, offering a range of independent multi-brand services at affordable prices.

Multi-Medix are ISO 13485:2016 certified by BSI under certificate number MD 677953.

We are the independent choice for specialist diagnostic imaging ultrasound services, offering essential services and savings to Hospitals, Healthcare Professionals, Business’s and Veterinarians.

You can also find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook