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. TPorter® TEE Ultrasound Probe Transportation Case is a solution designed by CS Medical to provide standardized care and handling of the TEE ultrasound probe during this critical portion of the reprocessing cycle.
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.
A standardized, evidence-based guidelines approach to the reprocessing of endocavity & surface probes improves quality, reduces variations, and controls cost in a variety of areas, from patient care to supply chain to overall departmental revenue management.
At the point of use or patient's bedside, use a wipe to remove the procedure
cover. This can be accomplished with a
Once the ultrasound probe has been placed into the automated cleaner
disinfector, follow the screen prompts to automatically perform cleaning,
high-level disinfection, and rinsing of the ultrasound probe. Ethos has
automated MRC testing to validate the potency of the disinfectant. With
automated MCR testing,
Once the final rinse is complete, remove the probe from the device. Apply a single-use QwikDry® Ultrasound Drying Cloth to the insertion portion of the probe as you remove it from the Ethos. Care should be observed not to hit or bang the distal tip or lens area of the ultrasound probe as this portion is the most delicate.
Place the high-level disinfected and dried ultrasound probe into a CleanShield® Storage Cabinet designed to secure the handle, electrical connector, and cable freely. Make sure that the handle, cable, and electrical connector remain separate from the body of the probe. All portions of the ultrasound probe, other than the insertion shaft or scanner head, have only been surface disinfected while the insertion shaft or scanner head has been high-level disinfected.