Design, prototyping, and evaluation of a collapsible device for single-operator sheathing of ultrasound probes

Lopez, S. A.; Hernley, L. R.; Bearrick, E. N.; Tanenbaum, L. M.; Thomas, M. A. C.; Toussaint, T. A.; Romano, J. J.; Hanumara, N. C.; Slocum, A. H.

During interventional ultrasound-guided procedures, sterility is maintained by covering the transducer head and cord with a sterile sheath. The current sheathing technique is cumbersome, requires an assistant to complete, and poses a risk of tangling the probe cord and breaching the sterile barrier. This paper presents the design, proof-of-concept prototyping, and evaluation of a probe holder and cartridge-style, single-use applicator that enables faster, more reliable, single-user sheathing of ultrasound probes, with a decreased risk of compromising sterility.

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Lopez, S. A. / Hernley, L. R. / Bearrick, E. N. / et al: Design, prototyping, and evaluation of a collapsible device for single-operator sheathing of ultrasound probes. 2014. Copernicus Publications.

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