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

CS Medical LLC has pioneered the automated disinfection process for Transesophageal ultrasound probes with the development and release of the TD 100® Automated TEE Probe Disinfector. In 2005, the TD 100 was the first FDA cleared automated disinfection process with printed verification for Transesophageal ultrasound probes. During the disinfection process, the TEE probe receives high-level disinfection in (5) five minutes from TD-5® or TD-8® followed by (5) five complete rinse cycles before disinfection confirmation is acknowledged and a report is printed. The verification report indicates probe contact time with the high-level disinfectant as well as the average temperature of the single-use disinfectant during each cycle.

For more than 15 years and over 4 million high-level disinfections, the TD 100 Automated TEE Probe Disinfector has eliminated manual reprocessing of delicate and expensive TEE ultrasound probes while also providing a repeatable and FDA cleared disinfection process. The TEEClean® Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector will continue the TD 100's work by automating the required cleaning process for the TEE probe before high-level disinfection. TEEClean, with electronic record data logging, printed verification reporting, FDA cleared cleaning, and high-level disinfection will be the standard of care for TEE ultrasound probes.

CS Medical's TEE Complete Care® products provide quality device care and storage by minimizing healthcare operational costs, improving service readiness and increasing regulatory compliance.

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