Among The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Top 5 National Patient Safety Goals for 2020 is a push to prevent infection. We at CS Medical share this goal. In fact, our number one priority is to minimize the potential of patient exposure to improperly reprocessed transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probes and help prevent the spread of healthcare acquired infections (HAIs).
With this purpose in mind, whenever we install a new TEEClean Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector or TD 100 Automated TEE Probe Disinfector in a facility, our expert technicians walk staff through using their new device and show them how to perform preventative maintenance on the device to ensure its readiness. Afterwards, our technician provides the facility with a written training record for all staff in attendance.
But what happens when you have staff turnover? Will you need to wait to have that new employee trained?
Fortunately, the answer to that question is no. CS Medical recently developed our Web-Based In-Service Training for the TD 100 which allows users to cover the same material that our trained technicians review with staff upon installing your TD 100. Our web-based training is available to users 24 hour per day and seven days per week on mobile and desktop devices, making it very convenient for staff and facilities to fit into their busy schedules.
Not only is the training convenient, it’s also very easy to access and use. Staff members will simply need to log into the online portal individually, enter an access code, and begin training. They will watch an informative 34 minute video which will help them understand the importance of proper TEE probe reprocessing and will give them step-by-step instructions on how to operate the TD 100. Once the video has been viewed, the staff member will be prompted to take a 20-question quiz that will test them on the knowledge they have gained. Once they pass the quiz, your staff member will be provided with a certificate of competency which may be downloaded, printed out, and placed into personnel files.
This certificate not only gives you and your staff peace of mind knowing that they can operate and care for your TD 100, but it also provides compliance to TJC’s standards requiring competency and training of staff charged with use of the TD 100. The web-based training program helps your facility meet TJC requirements outlined in sections IC.02.02.01, LD.03.06.01-EP4, HR.01.05.01 and HR.01.06.01.
The CDC’s guidelines on disinfection and sterilization state that healthcare facilities ought to keep staff members up to date and well-trained on the reprocessing of semicritical devices. This will help prevent the spread of HAIs, keeping patients safe, and can even extend the life of expensive TEE probes. Taking the time to properly train staff members on using the TD 100 is a win-win for all parties involved. Give your staff the training they need so that they can give your patients the care they deserve.