FAQ: Are TD-5 and TD-8 Effective Against COVID-19?

FAQ: Are TD-5 and TD-8 Effective Against COVID-19?

At the forefront of every healthcare worker’s mind these days are all the new risks posed by COVID-19. It is easy to feel like COVID-19 is an insurmountable disease which requires a major shift in how we think about high-level disinfection. In light of this new challenge, can facilities continue to rely on the same high-level disinfectants they used before COVID-19, like TD-5® and TD-8®?

For starters, TD-5 is a single-use, 2.65% glutaraldehyde based disinfectant while TD-8 is a single-use, 0.59% Ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA) based disinfectant. Both these products have been cleared for use as high-level disinfectants by the FDA. In order to have been cleared by the FDA, both TD-5 and TD-8's effectiveness were tested against various kinds of bacteria, fungi, spores, and viruses. When used in CS Medical’s TEEClean® Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector or TD 100® Automated TEE Probe Disinfector, both TD-5 and TD-8 were proven to kill these microorganisms. So while TD-5 and TD-8 have not been specifically tested against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), they have been tested against other, harder to inactivate viruses and proven effective.

Given the obstacles posed by COVID-19, your facility should certainly continue to implement best practices, like CS Medical’s 10-Step TEE Complete Care Process, in order to supplement the efficacy of TD-5 and TD-8 before and after high-level disinfection. After all, if a perfectly high-level disinfected TEE probe is mishandled after disinfection, it could become contaminated and contribute to the spread of COVID-19 or other HAIs. Ensure that your facility is following the guidelines set out by your infection preventionists at all times during the high-level disinfection process.

Fortunately, while COVID-19 is presenting the world with all sorts of new and difficult hurdles, high-level disinfection is one constant that can remain the same. TD-5 and TD-8 are just as effective against SARS-CoV-2 as they are against any other microorganism. Additionally, since they both come in single-use bottles, they ensure maximum potency and effectiveness whenever high-level disinfecting your facility’s TEE ultrasound probes. This will help your facility maintain its goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and contribute to the worldwide effort to stop this pandemic in its tracks.

About CS Medical

Founded in 2003, CS Medical LLC is a leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing medical devices that are designed to provide cleaning and high-level disinfection of ultrasound probes. Our products are engineered and developed with one single objective in mind: to minimize the potential of patient exposure to improperly reprocessed ultrasound probes. Our core products, the TEEClean® Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector and Ethos Automated Ultrasound Probe Cleaner Disinfector, are examples of our ongoing commitment to innovation and to the health and safety of medical patients and staff.

Beyond cleaning and high-level disinfection of endocavity and surface ultrasound probes, CS Medical believes in managing the quality of care given to delicate ultrasound probes. Our product offering provides solutions for healthcare facilities to minimize ultrasound probe damage and reduce the potential of contaminating high-level disinfected probes prior to use. The products address the following areas: bedside cleaning, point of care cleaning, electrical leakage testing, drying, transporting, and storing the ultrasound probe. Our objective is to manage the care given to each ultrasound probe thus allowing for a reduction in healthcare associated infections.

Located in Creedmoor, North Carolina, CS Medical's products provide quality device care and storage by minimizing healthcare operational costs, improving device readiness, and increasing regulatory compliance.