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Multi-Medix at UKIO conference – Research presentation & free ultrasound user QA training

QA Checks take Minutes – Let Multi-Medix should you how at the UKIO conference

We know many ultrasound departments plan to implement a QA programme. Come and have a chat with the Multi-Medix team at the UKIO conference,  who will be happy to demonstrate how to start doing “QA Everyday”.
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Key research findings – are you one of the 10%?

In the summer of 2019, Multi-Medix conducted a survey to find out the current level of Ultrasound QA undertaken.

From this valuable input, we submitted a research paper and Multi-Medix will be presenting at the UKIO conference. A key finding was only 10% of NHS Trust have a complete QA programme.

Time pressure and lack of knowledge were cited as the main reasons why little or no ultrasound QA was being done on a regular basis. Let Multi-Medix show you how to start doing QA Everyday.

Not coming to UKIO? The Multi-Medix Ultrasound QA Knowledge Portal is still free to join

If you are thinking of setting up a QA Programme, the Multi-MedixQA Knowledge Portal has access to the our popular  “Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual”. This includes QR codes to videos that can get you started. Click HERE to access the Knowledge Portal.
Find out more about our QA Everyday programme here

UKIO conference July 2022

See us at stand B52

Come and find us on Stand B52 where you will also find Advance Ultrasound Electronics. AUE Ltd is the only company in the UK that has been trained to our high standard in ultrasound QA and offer this as part of their ultrasound services and maintenance. All QA performed by AUE Ltd  is signed off annually by Multi-Medix ensuring that an independent review is undertaken. Drop by our stand B52, to find out more.

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Ultrasound QA training “Face to Face” : Probe Care Essentials

Ultrasound QA Training Course : Probe Care Essentials

Multi-Medix will soon restart “face to face” ultrasound QA training courses, beginning with “Probe Care Essentials”.

When developing our courses we have started with what ultrasound users need and want. Our staff recently attended a BMUS study day and consulted with key individuals to ensure our QA course programmes achieve the desired outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn how to prevent probe damage, minimising bills for the department.
  • This bitesize course fits well into a lunchtime or clinical governance slot

What do I need to know about Probe Care?

The cornerstone to good quality assurance is effective probe care.  Our course “Probe Care Essentials” will cover the basics and demonstrate how it fits into the QA cycle.  This short hour course would take place either online or at your location.

Quality Assurance is not something that is just done by Medical Physics, Biomeds or your QA lead only. It is done by all these people and ultrasound users. QA requires a combined effort but it starts with the daily checks all sonographers and imaging assistants must attend to. The checks take minutes at the start of the day, but are critical to patient safety.

When did you last check your probes?

Yesterday? Last month? Can’t remember?

Quality Assurance is a core competency of ultrasound users.  Diagnostic Imaging Support Workers are expected to be

“Undertaking defined QA/QC checks on equipment, working to a set procedure/protocol (such as ultrasound equipment or image display monitors). Identify nonconformities, and record and report results appropriately”  AHP Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework:)

The BMUS/S0R Professional Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practise state (Section 2.9: Ultrasound Equipment and Quality Assurance Testing)

“An ultrasound practitioner is expected to:

  1. Have detailed knowledge of ultrasound equipment in order to ensure that it is appropriate for purpose
  2. Manipulate the equipment correctly so that patient diagnosis and management are not compromised
  3. Take care when using the equipment in order to avoid damage
  4. Ensure that regular planned preventative maintenance is carried out by qualified personnel
  5. Ensure that an agreed quality assurance programme is in place that incorporates the regular inspection of ultrasound machines and ancillary equipment”

Ultrasound quality assurance is a legal activity so naturally requests for training and help did not stop because of the pandemic. The most common request was for a Probe Care course either because ultrasound users said they were looking for refresher training or considering developing an ultrasound QA programme in their department.

If you would like to request more information about Probe Care Essentials or our other training courses click here.