Abstract: COVID-19 and Pathogen Transmission by TEE Probes

Abstract: COVID-19 and Pathogen Transmission by TEE Probes

Fresh from our Microbiology and Chemistry Laboratories comes a new white paper written by CS Medical’s Chief Science Officer, Thomas H. Fischer, Ph.D. Dr. Fisher explains that while transesophageal echocardiography has been helpful in assessing cardiac function for COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 presents healthcare facilities with new challenges.

As a result of COVID-19’s high transmission rate, those who reprocess probes must be sure that their reprocessing method is reliable and effective enough to ensure the elimination of harmful bacteria on the transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probes. According to Dr. Fisher, single-use high-level disinfectants (HLDs) are the best solution to this problem as they are always of the proper strength and concentration.

The increased volume of patients caused by the sudden spread of COVID-19 has also lead to increased strain on healthcare personnel. With this added stress, the possibility of mistakes being made and steps getting skipped increases. Dr. Fisher believes that the best solution to this problem is the implementation of automated cleaning and disinfecting of ultrasound probes; this would hugely diminish the opportunity for human error.

Dr. Fisher’s detailed analysis drives home the point that the best method for TEE probe reprocessing is one that implements both single-use HLD and automation. By implementing both of these, healthcare facilities could reduce the new risks of pathogen transmission posed by COVID-19.

Learn more from Dr. Thomas H. Fischer’s entire white paper here.

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.