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What is Cleaning?

What is Cleaning?

Cleaning a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probe is vital to achieving high-level disinfection.

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TJCs Top 7 National Patient Safety Goals for 2021

TJCs Top 7 National Patient Safety Goals for 2021

Each of the goals addresses an area in which TJC has noted some deficiencies in need of correction or attention. Review these goals for your own facility and see what you can do to improve patient outcomes.

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Surviving a TJC Survey in 2021

Surviving a TJC Survey in 2021

Now that surveys have resumed, it is important to know what has changed in the survey process and how you can be better prepared. The survey process looks "somewhat different" according to TJC.

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CS Medical LLC Announces Strategic Partnership with APIC

CS Medical LLC Announces Strategic Partnership with APIC

CS Medical LLC has decided to continue as an APIC Strategic Partner in 2021 in order to keep fighting towards healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention.

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Reducing HAIs in 2021

Reducing HAIs in 2021

This year is coming to a close. Finally. With 2020 in the rearview, many are looking expectantly to 2021, wondering what the new year will bring. While we can’t know what lies ahead for us in the coming year, we can prepare for it.

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2 Ways CS Medical Keeps You Compliant

2 Ways CS Medical Keeps You Compliant

In this age of instant information at our fingertips, technologies that retain all information on a patient procedure and make it easily transportable via thumb drive are very attractive. But are they compliant with laws and standards set by HIPAA and by accrediting agencies, like TJC?

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The Best Way to Prevent Spreading Infection

The Best Way to Prevent Spreading Infection

Not only are HAIs unbelievably expensive and damaging to a healthcare facility, but they diminish and sometimes reverse the hard work put in by healthcare professionals to get patients healthy. In some cases, they even lead to death.

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FAQ What are the Differences Between TEEClean, TD 100, and TD 200?

FAQ What are the Differences Between TEEClean, TD 100, and TD 200?

When you’re considering purchasing an automated TEE ultrasound probe reprocessor for your facility. At CS Medical, we recognize that every facility has different preferences and needs, so we provide several state of the art options to take into consideration:

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The Importance of Automating Cleaning

The Importance of Automating Cleaning

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) state, in their most recent published, Guidelines for Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer that “Effective disinfection or sterilization requires adequate cleaning.”

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Is your reprocessing procedure for Ultrasound Probes effective?

Is your reprocessing procedure for Ultrasound Probes effective?

As you have been thinking about or reviewing existing SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures), a key factor that is important to always remember is your staff and the complex job they are tasked to complete.

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FAQ: Peracetic Acid

FAQ: Peracetic Acid

Peracetic acid (PAA) is a high-level disinfectant (HLD) used in various industries ranging from sterilization in a healthcare setting to food processing.

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How HAIs Affect Your Bottom Line and How You Can Stop Them

How HAIs Affect Your Bottom Line and How You Can Stop Them

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that, “The total direct, indirect and nonmedical social costs of HAIs are estimated at around $96 billion to $147 billion annually, including loss of work, legal costs and other patient factors.” How can infections cost so much?

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Introducing The TD 200

Introducing The TD 200

In an effort to reduce the amount of time healthcare professionals must spend reprocessing transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probes, our scientists and engineers have developed the TD 200® Automated TEE Probe Disinfector with TD 12® AquaCide® High Level Disinfectant.

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Abstract: COVID-19 and Pathogen Transmission by TEE Probes

Abstract: COVID-19 and Pathogen Transmission by TEE Probes

While transesophageal echocardiography has been helpful in assessing cardiac function for COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 presents healthcare facilities with new challenges.

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Inside CS Medical's Lab

Inside CS Medical's Lab

We have recently upgraded and significantly expanded our in-house Microbiology and Chemistry Laboratories. This renovation helps keep us on the cutting edge of our field and provides you with great products that can get the job done right, every time, saving you time, money, and stress.

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FAQ: Do You Dry Ultrasound Probes Properly?

FAQ: Do You Dry Ultrasound Probes Properly?

After bedside cleaning, cleaning, and then high-level disinfecting a TEE ultrasound probe, it’s time to give it a quick wipe with a paper towel and store it. If this sounds familiar, you’re not drying your probes properly.

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CS Medical Is Helping You Social Distance

CS Medical Is Helping You Social Distance

Knowing the incredible lengths our healthcare workers have gone to keep us all safe has inspired CS Medical to provide solutions to keep our healthcare workers safe.

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Tackling COVID-19 Together

Tackling COVID-19 Together

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread shortages of PPE in the healthcare world, especially of face masks, like N95 respirators. Seeing this major problem, CS Medical has teamed up with AirClean Systems to provide a solution to the PPE shortage: the UV Light Box.

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Missing APIC? Join Us Virtually!

Missing APIC? Join Us Virtually!

Fortunately for those who were looking forward to visiting CS Medical’s booth this year, we have some wonderful news: you don’t have to miss out. Because of CS Medical’s dedication to stopping the spread of HAIs, we will be hosting a virtual event in lieu of attending APIC’s Annual Conference.

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How Long Can Probes Hang?

How Long Can Probes Hang?

After you remove your TEE probe from your TEEClean or TD 100 and you dry it off? Should you hang it up, put it in a case, or something else? And once stored, how long can probes stay high-level disinfected? Let’s go over the basics and understand what the best practices are for TEE probe storage.

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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.

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TD 100 Service Videos

TD 100 Service Videos

In an effort to better serve our customers, CS Medical’s Service Department would like to announce the production of TD 100 Service Videos.

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How Water Quality Affects Healthcare

How Water Quality Affects Healthcare

Do we have any reason to believe our water is always safe for consumption? More importantly, do we know that our municipal water is safe for rinsing semi-critical devices, like TEE probes and endoscopes, so as to retain high-level disinfection status?

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FAQ: The Importance of Annual Device Verification

FAQ: The Importance of Annual Device Verification

Our CS Medical team receives a lot questions regarding Annual Device Verification, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most common concerns and their responses:

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Proper Cleaning: How It Affects the Outcome of High Level Disinfection

Proper Cleaning: How It Affects the Outcome of High Level Disinfection

Evidence has been presented that semi-critical devices, devices that come in contact with mucous membranes or non-intact skin, such as endoscopes and endocavity probes, cause more healthcare associated infections than non-critical or critical medical devices...

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Probe Cleaner Disinfectors and HIPAA Compliance

Probe Cleaner Disinfectors and HIPAA Compliance

According to HIPAA, ePHI is, “any protected health information that is created, stored, transmitted, or received in any electronic format or media.” Any medical device which retains this information can prove to be a weakness in your facility’s defense of patient ePHI...

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Is Your Facility Still Compliant?

Is Your Facility Still Compliant?

Organizing and implementing self-assessments may feel like an added pressure, but as everyone in the healthcare industry knows: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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3 Reasons You Should Automate

3 Reasons You Should Automate

There are at least three solid reasons for making the change to automation and propelling your healthcare facility into the future.

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The Best Method for TEE Probe Storage

The Best Method for TEE Probe Storage

Too many facilities have no standardized way of storing transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probes. Some facilities have used transportation cases to store their TEE probes, but that is not their intended use and is actually prohibited in several countries.

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Do TEE Probe Handles Need to be Cleaned?

Do TEE Probe Handles Need to be Cleaned?

When reprocessing TEE probes, the focus is on ensuring that the probe shaft is properly bedside cleaned, cleaned, and high-level disinfected. But what about the TEE probe handle and the cables?

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2020 Strategic Partnership with APIC

2020 Strategic Partnership with APIC

Today, CS Medical announced a strategic partnership with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

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Top 5 National Patient Safety Goals for 2020

Top 5 National Patient Safety Goals for 2020

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released its National Patient Safety Goals for 2020. According to TJC, these goals are developed in an effort to improve patient safety in hospitals in the coming year.

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HLDs You Should Know About

HLDs You Should Know About

Let’s look at four HLDs commonly used to reprocess TEE ultrasound probes and find out what the risks are and how to mitigate them.

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Going Through CS Medical’s Online Training

Going Through CS Medical’s Online Training

Give your staff the training they need so that they can give your patients the care they deserve.

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3 Reasons You Can’t Skip Electrical Leakage Testing

3 Reasons You Can’t Skip Electrical Leakage Testing

When reprocessing TEE ultrasound probes, it is vital to perform electrical leakage testing after every single use. While the reasons for electrical leakage testing are numerous, there are three reasons that really stand out...

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FAQ Spotlight: Does TEEClean® Provide Electronic Records for Audits

FAQ Spotlight: Does TEEClean® Provide Electronic Records for Audits

Are you prepared to provide records of every single cleaning, disinfection, and maintenance event for your TEE probes?

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Are Standard Operating Procedures Necessary?

Are Standard Operating Procedures Necessary?

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) can save the day at your healthcare facility and even save lives.

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The Value of Staff Training

The Value of Staff Training

Companies which offered comprehensive training programs to their employees enjoy a 24% higher profit margin than those who spent less on training.

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Joint Commission Audit Point Probe Storage

Joint Commission Audit Point Probe Storage

The Joint Commission (TJC) will score them based on the procedure they use to high-level disinfect TEE probes, many do not realize that proper storage is also on TJC’s audit checklist.

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FAQ Spotlight: TEEClean® Self-Disinfection Cycle

FAQ Spotlight: TEEClean® Self-Disinfection Cycle

A feature that can give users and healthcare facilities more confidence that they are providing patients with the highest level of care and security.

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TEE Probe Protection

TEE Probe Protection

TEE probes are very easily damaged if they are banged, scraped, or mishandled.

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The Importance of Material Compatibility Testing

The Importance of Material Compatibility Testing

Material compatibility testing is what ensures the safety and longevity of practically every medical device on the market

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APIC Launch of TEEClean®

APIC Launch of TEEClean®

This year, APIC’s 46th annual conference was held in Philadelphia, PA, from June 12-14.

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TEEClean® Announcement

TEEClean® Announcement

The first product of its kind to be cleared by the US FDA

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Saving Money with TEE Complete Care

Saving Money with TEE Complete Care

When considering purchasing new equipment and putting new processes in place, healthcare facilities always have to consider whether these changes will save money.

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Difference between Cleaning and High-Level Disinfecting

Difference between Cleaning and High-Level Disinfecting

When reprocessing transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probes, sometimes the numerous steps can feel overwhelming

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Importance of Water Quality

Importance of Water Quality

Overlooking water quality can have serious repercussions for patients and healthcare facilities.

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Single-use vs Reusable HLDs

Single-use vs Reusable HLDs

In recent years the development of single-use HLDs has introduced a new question: is single-use a better option than reusable?

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Reducing the Risk of Biofilm

Reducing the Risk of Biofilm

When biofilm forms on a device, like a transesophageal echocardiogram ultrasound (TEE) probe, it is nearly impossible to remove and can endanger patient safety.

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Dangers of Occupational Exposure

Dangers of Occupational Exposure

Occupational exposure poses a real risk to employees at healthcare facilities and must be properly addressed in order to keep everyone in good health.

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The Cost of HAIs

The Cost of HAIs

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) place a huge financial burden on facilities, can have enormous impacts on a provider’s reputation, and put financial and emotional strain on patients.

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FDA Enforcing Probe Repair Regulations

FDA Enforcing Probe Repair Regulations

What do you do when your TEE ultrasound probe has broken? There are many complications that can result from an inadequate repair.

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The Importance of Cleaning

The Importance of Cleaning

If a probe is not cleaned properly, it may result in biofilm developing on the probe, making disinfection difficult to achieve.

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FAQ Spotlight: TEE Probe or Endoscope?

FAQ Spotlight: TEE Probe or Endoscope?

Since TEE Probes and Endoscopes can look alike, it can be easy to assume that they can be cleaned and disinfected in the same manner.

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