The introduction of potentially harmful contaminates after an ultrasound probe has been properly high-level disinfected is a reality in today's healthcare environment.
A properly dried ultrasound probe, prior to storage, is critical in minimizing the possibility of water-borne bacteria contamination during storage. A wet probe, stored in a plastic sheath or hung freely for drying, can allow airborne contaminates to foster growth of spores and bacteria. Some of the current methods employed for drying after high-level disinfection include; reusable sponge, paper towel, cotton cloth, and surgical gauze. These solutions, though effective in the drying of an ultrasound probe, could introduce outside contaminates. The sponge, if reused, could foster spore and bacteria growth while the towel, cloth and gauze could contain outside contaminates introduced during the manufacturing or handling process prior to being used.
CS Medical has provided our hospital service with quality tools to efficiently and safely clean not only our TEE probes, but also ensure a clean environment through storage cabinets, transportation containers and HEPA air filtration. The standards and expectations for quality are being raised, and CS Medical is providing solutions to meet those standards.
QwikDry removes the current issues associated with other drying methods employed in today’s healthcare facilities. QwikDry is an individually packaged, irradiated cloth with a super absorbent matrix and ultra-smooth texture surface that effectively removes moisture and slides freely over the ultrasound probe insertion tube. Each cloth is designed for single-use, thus removing the potential for cross-contamination and potential microbiological growth. The QwikDry Ultrasound probe drying cloths are the next solution for healthcare professional that are tasked with minimizing healthcare associated infections.
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