Good infection prevention practice when using ultrasound gel: guidance from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

By Ahmed El-Medany

Ultrasound gel has been associated with healthcare associated infections worldwide, and the risk of contamination of non-sterile ultrasound is well documented.

This important guidance from the UKHSA covers the safe use of ultrasound gel to reduce the risk of transmission of infection. Additional guidance includes scenarios when sterile gel is recommended and what types of gel containers should be used.

This is an important document for any clinician using ultrasound gel in their day-to-day practice.