This intersociety position statement addresses the issue of disinfection of transcutaneous ultrasound transducers used for percutaneous procedures or for monitoring other invasive procedures. Some organizations are not congruent in their recommendations for disinfection, with recommendations for high-level disinfection of sheathed probes for percutaneous procedures being not evidence-based and resulting in unwarranted and unnecessary use of resources, increase the possibility of safety events if procedures are performed without ultrasound guidance. This statement addresses several specific points for determining when to use high-level disinfection appropriately.

Full text: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jum.15653 

This evidence-based guideline by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) reviews SARS-CoV-2 characteristics and COVID-19 clinical presentation, business considerations, schools, return-to-work considerations, vaccination, masks and respirators, lockdowns and shutdowns, diagnosis, treatment recommendations, rehabilitation, and considerations for reopening schools. 

Full text: https://info.mdguidelines.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ACOEM-COVID-Mar-29-2021-public.pdf 

This ASGE-led multisociety guideline updates the 2016 version, to address gaps and variation in implementing infection prevention practices are common in endoscopy units across the United States. Given the rising concerns of endoscope-related infections, this guideline evaluates the current literature and standards for endoscope reprocessing and expands details related to the critical reprocessing steps of cleaning and drying and incorporates recent evidence as it pertains to improving the reprocessing of GI endoscopes.

Full text: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2020.09.048; PDF

Living, frequently updated evidence-based guidelines to support patients, clinicians and other health-care professionals in their decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The IDSA-led panels seek SHEA Guidelines Committee expert feedback for each update, and the SHEA Board considers these updates for continued SHEA endorsement.

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