CHICAGO (November 12, 2012) – In the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, guidelines have been proposed by epidemiologists from Beaumont Health System to reduce the risk of infection from contaminated gels. The recommendations are based on the authors’ own experiences with an outbreak traced to contaminated ultrasound transmission gel.
In December 2011, researchers uncovered an unusual cluster of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit during routine infection control surveillance. The outbreak was found to have stemmed from bottles of ultrasound transmission gel that were contaminated during the manufacturing process and that were being used for intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography. This information ultimately led to a national recall of the product.
Next I present a novel use of guacamole as an imaging medium in scanning non-human primates as seen in the picture above. It make sense that the female can feast on the treat while allowing the sonographer to image the unborn child. Blessings!
Getting an orangutan to agree to an ultrasound is as hard as it sounds, but Fresno Chaffee Zoo keepers found the solution - guacamole paste instead of ultrasound gel.
In Atlanta, zookeepers armed with fruit snacks have trained gorillas to place their arms into blood pressure cuffs.
Zookeepers are relying increasingly on behavioral management to provide better health care for animals in captivity.
Advancements in training have allowed animals to help themselves, said Grey Stafford, director of conservation at Wildlife World in Phoenix and an animal trainer for 20 years.