A standardized, evidence-based guidelines approach to the reprocessing of TEE ultrasound probes improves quality, reduces variations, and controls cost in a variety of areas, from patient care to supply chain to overall departmental revenue management.
When the probe is removed from the patient it should be wiped with an enzymatic product, like the
Transportation of the potentially biologically soiled TEE probe should be handled with a device or method that minimizes the potential for probe damage as well as occupational exposure to fellow staff and other patients.
Almost all manufacturers' operator's manuals say that electrical leakage testing should be done before every patient exam. CS Medical offers the BC Group ULT-2020 ultrasound leakage tester and respective adapters that are specific to each TEE probe.
TEEClean® Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector provides both manufacturers recommended cleaning and high-level disinfection of soiled TEE probes in the same device. TEEClean is the first Automated Ultrasound Reprocessor cleared by the US FDA.
Drying of the TEE Ultrasound Probe, with a product like the QwikDry® Ultrasound Drying Cloth, is critical before storage or transport. Wetted surfaces are prone to attracting airborne contaminates resulting in probe contamination and potential HAIs being passed from the environment to the next TEE patient.
TEE ultrasound probes should be stored in a dry environment, hung vertically and within a HEPA clean environment. The CleanShield® TEE Ultrasound Probe Storage Cabinet is one option available to healthcare professionals as it allows compliance with current TJC (The Joint Commission) standards for care.
TPorter® TEE Ultrasound Probe Procedure Case is the healthcare professional's safe choice for TEE ultrasound probe transport to the procedure room. TPorter creates a standard of care that increases staff compliance with recommended practices for reprocessing TEE ultrasound probes while providing a secure method for transportation of clean TEE ultrasound probes.