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Archive November 2020 XXI, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Block Placement

A Clean and Clear Solution for Handheld Ultrasound

Nadia Hernandez
LAYER OF PROTECTION An inexpensive ultrasound probe cover is just as effective as more costly and bulkier cases at keeping smartphones clean during the placement of regional blocks.

Portable handheld ultrasound probes that attach to smartphones are one of many tools that make practicing regional anesthesia an easier task, but the probe and the smartphone often gets dirty while in use. An ER doctor gave me the simplest tip to keep both clean: Slip them into an ultrasound probe cover and keep the phone in place by wrapping rubber bands around the cover at the top and bottom of the phone. You can see through the cover perfectly and touch the screen without issue to adjust the depth and gain — all while it stays clean.

Nadia Hernandez, MD
Texas Medical Center
Houston, Texas

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