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. The cost of such modifications will impact both the facility and patients. Attainia, the world’s most widely used equipment planning, budgeting, and tracking system software for healthcare equipment, asks several questions to determine whether implementing a new device or procedure to a healthcare facility is financially worthwhile. Before implementing CS Medical’s TEE Complete Care Process and suite of products, it’s important to take these questions into consideration.

Will it provide better care?

Yes! Of course, providing high-quality care is the first and most important question for anyone in the healthcare industry to consider. CS Medical’s TEE Complete Care Process takes this question very seriously. In fact, CS Medical was founded with a strong commitment to the health and safety of patients and medical professionals. While investing in some equipment, like the new TEEClean Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector, is costly up front, it helps mitigate much of the risk associated with improperly reprocessed TEE probes by removing the human element. TEEClean’s FDA validated cycle lowers the risk of healthcare associated infections significantly, helping to ensure consistent, quality care for every patient, every time.

Will it improve efficiency?

Yes! Following the TEE Complete Care Process and implementing CS Medical’s suite of products is actually a simple way of streamlining your facility’s method for reprocessing TEE probes. By implementing the TEEClean, a facility can eliminate the need for soak basins and sinks. Additionally, because it both cleans and high-level disinfects, medical staff are free to attend to other duties, rather than having to wait around for the extended time periods required for manual cleaning and disinfection. After probes have been disinfected, storing them in a CleanShield TEE Probe Storage Cabinet will protect probes from becoming contaminated, saving even more time and cost.

Will it lower maintenance costs?

Yes! Employing CS Medical’s product line is a proven way to prevent damage to very sensitive TEE probes that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair or replace. When TEE probes are mishandled and when accidents happen, they can easily become damaged. When the probe shaft is coiled too tightly or bent too sharply, the fragile wire that run from the handle down to the distal tip become frayed and soon become unusable. It is also easy to damage the probe’s sensitive distal tip, rendering the probe inoperative. There is also often water damage, which can happen very easily at any point when manually soaking and high-level disinfecting a TEE probe.

When a facility implements CS Medical’s products, all these forms of damage can be greatly minimized, which will in turn lower repair and replacement costs for a facility. The TPorter TEE Ultrasound Probe Transportation Case protects the probe from being coiled too tightly and from being banged or scraped during transportation. The TEEClean helps lower the risk of water damage to the handle of the probe as the handle is cradled securely away from and liquid during the cleaning and disinfection processes.

Ultimately, it is essential for healthcare facilities to ask these questions whenever considering making a change to a new medical device or process. Because costs are important, always be sure to consider the long-term costs of a change rather than just looking at the price tag. Investing in CS Medical’s TEE Complete Care Process and suite of products will provide patients will quality care, improve efficiency, and lower maintenance costs in the long run and is well worth the upfront cost.

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.