Title

The effect of temperature on bacterial growth in the presence of nonsterile ultrasound coupling gel.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2020

Institution/Department

Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Obstectrics and Gynecology

Journal Title

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

MeSH Headings

Temperature, Ultrasonography, Equipment Contamination

Abstract

Warming ultrasound coupling gel for patient comfort is common clinical practice. Guidelines for safe gel use recommend using only dry heat for warming gel.1 Gel’s effect on bacterial growth is unclear.2e4 The effect of temperature on bacterial growth in the presence of nonsterile gel is unknown. Therefore, we performed a preliminary in vitro study to test the null hypothesis that warming ultrasound gel with dry heat does not promote bacterial growth.

First Page

188

Last Page

188

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