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QC-Track Module:   Ultrasound
Ultrasound QC requirements are on the increase. Hospital infection rates are a TJC Top 5 issue, and annual transducer QC failure rates are high. Yet many facilities still track QC in log books and spreadsheets.

Structured Workflow
For ultrasound QC, QC-Track offers a base unit and loaner replacement workflow and two optional transducer QC workflows for a complete US QC solution.

Ultrasound Base Unit Tracking
  • Scheduled workflows with checklists help ensure all aspects of the ultrasound base system -- including filters, cleanliness, and mechanics -- are functioning properly.
  • Checklist and Device Worksheet reports facilitate oversight and management of ongoing QC.

Phantom QC
  • Barcode tags are applied to base units and transducers.
  • Barcode scanning minimizes typing.
  • Worksheets capture all phantom data and calculate a pass/fail.

Per Exam High Level Disinfection (HLD) Traceability
  • HLD workflow meets TJC requirements for traceability of HLD performed on semi-critical devices, such as invasive probes, as well as other probes that come in contact with non-intact skin.
  • Barcode tags are applied to transducers and HLD units.
  • A QC-Track record ID is generated for each HLD cycle for RIS/HIS/EHR tracking by exam.
  • HLD cleaning self-test failures and disinfection indicator fails can also be recorded and reported.
  • Transducer and HLD unit cleaning history reports can be easily generated.
  • HLD loaner replacement workflow allows for seamless QC tracking while units are being serviced.
  • Advanced Search page for centralized infection research quickly isolates transducer and HLD unit history.

Results and Benefits
  • Implement a consistent structured QC workflow across locations
  • Meet ACR, AAPM, AIUM and TJC tracking requirements and recommendations
  • Eliminate duplication with central database storage and easy access to transducer QC and cleaning records for infection research
  • Simplify ongoing tracking with automated QC status monitoring and built-in email notices, including reminder schedules for each tracked transducer.
  • Reduce unmanaged PHI by eliminating unsecured paper HLD exam tracking books in cleaning labs and exam rooms.

Reports
QC-Track standard reports meet the reporting needs of Ultrasound teams, including:
  • QC Checklist Report to show ongoing status of QC by test over a selected time period
  • Quarterly reports for ongoing physicist and clinical engineering oversight

QC-Track specialized US reports include:
  • Transducer/base unit reconciliation report to show transducer phantom QC history and also identify base units and transducers that have not been included in QC testing
  • HLD cleaning history report for traceability and infection research

Electronic Sign Off
Standard QC-Track Sign Off is available for the Ultrasound workflow for capturing the ACR-required annual medical physicist sign off on the on-going QC.

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Licensing
The QC-Track US module is an optional add-on to the QC-Track Base Platform.

Standard US Base Unit QC is licensed by imaging unit and location. Optional Transducer QC and traceability is licensed by transducer and includes Barcode Tags for transducers, base units and HLD cleaning systems.
  • Pre-Requisites: none
  • Restrictions: none

Other Resources
ACR
The ACR Continuous Quality Control (CQC) program specifies tests and frequencies within their ACR Ultrasound Accreditation Program Requirements. See ACR Ultrasound Accreditation Page for more information.

For Breast Ultrasound, see ACR Breast Ultrasound Accreditation Program Requirements or ACR Breast Ultrasound Accreditation Page.
  Atirix products are covered by issued and pending patents, including US 8,478,610 “Medical Imaging Device Quality Control System and Method” and US 8,428,969 “System and Method for Tracking Imaging Quality”
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