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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”.
Email qa@multi-medix.com to your register interest.

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.

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QA Quiz: Are you really doing Ultrasound QA?

To celebrate the BMUS conference this year, we have created a quick QA quiz on Ultrasound Quality Assurance. Every entry submitted also is submitted into a prize draw for a iPad that will arrive in time for Christmas.

***PLEASE NOTE – THE PRIZE DRAW IS NOW CLOSED***

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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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

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ISO 13485:2016 Ultrasound specialists you can trust

13485 Ultrasound specialists Multi-Medix Certificate

ISO 13485:2016 Certified Ultrasound specialists. Multi-Medix are proud to say that it has been formally audited by the BSI and maintained its ISO 13485:2016 certified status – for the third year.

Darren Woolley, Managing Director, thanked all those involved. “Our staff have worked very hard to sustain quality high standards all year. We don’t just aim to meet these standards because an inspection is due. We have created processes and habits for every day”.

What does this quality standard mean to our customers?

Firstly, peace of mind. Our probes are tested and repaired to the highest standards and can be “tracked and traced” to provide provenance for our medical devices.

Secondly, exemplary service. The inspection required us to survey customers:  100% rated our service delivery standards as good or excellent.

This is further evidenced by the high level of repeat custom Multi-Medix experiences.

“ISO 13485:2016 certification requires significant commitment – it is not an easy benchmark to achieve or maintain. Well done to all involved”

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 Ultrasound specialists 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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BMUS Quality Assurance Webinar – November 4th 2020

Diagnostic Ultrasound Quality Assurance Manual

Diagnostic Ultrasound Quality Assurance Manual

Dr Nick Dudley will be presenting at a BMUS hosted webinar tomorrow evening: “An incremental approach to ultrasound QA”.

The webinar has been pre-recorded and will be released at 7pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch Nick’s presentation, prior to a live Q&A session at 7.45pm.

The BMUS webinar is free and open to non-members and members for 2 weeks.

Simply register by Tuesday November 3rd, midday, here https://www.bmus.org/mediacentre/events/webinar-an-incremental-approach-to-ultrasound-qa-with-live-q-and-a/

Those that cannot attend the live Q&A will still be able to watch the webinar for two weeks at their convenience.

Dr Nick Dudley and Multi-Medix have been working together to produce the “Diagnostic Ultrasound QA Manual” and videos. It is a practical guide to ultrasound QA that complies with the guidance issued by BMUS, AIUM, EFSUMB and IPEM. The BMUS webinar takes the opportunity to convey the key elements of the QA manual, which will be available in the next 4 weeks.

About Multi-Medix

The Multi-Medix team are built on the foundations of NHS Clinical Scientists, Clinical Technologists, and experienced business leaders, who are passionate about quality, customer service, value for money, and patient safety.

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

For more information, visit multi-medix.com