Probe Care Cards Cleaning & Disinfection Guide
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Cleaning & Disinfection
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Cleaning & Disinfection Point of Use Guidelines
After each use, remove protective sheath from the probe and gently remove all coupling gel from the probe by wiping with soft, low-lint cloth. Wipe the probe with a cloth saturated with one of the detergents or one of the approved wipes from the strain relief to the lens. Wipe the cable with a low-lint cloth dampened with potable water to remove chemical residue. Manual cleaning is required to ensure the probes are cleaned to the extent necessary for further processing. Choose the most appropriate method, either the wipe or enzymatic detergent soak.
Warning: Do not use a twisting motion or abrasive paper products when wiping the probe as this may damage the soft lens. To extend the life of the probe lens, pat dry only.
Only one cleaning process is required – either wipes or soak
Wipes 1 Hold the probe at the proximal end near the strain relief cable. Do not
suspend or hold the probe by the cable as this may damage the probe.
2 Dispense a cleaning wipe from the wipe canister. 3 Gently wipe the probe with a cleaning wipe from the cable strain relief to
Note: Intermediate-level disinfectant wipes are not appropriate for disinfection of endocavity or TEE probes. These semi-critical probes require high-level disinfection. 1 Put on a new pair of gloves. Holding the probe near the strain relief, apply
the wipe to the patient contacting lens. Wipe the probe lengthwise from the lens to the strain relief.
2 After the probe has been completely wiped, use a second wipe
and starting at the probe lens begin wiping the probe in a rotating motion moving down towards the strain relief.
3 Ensure the wipe solution contacts recessed areas, seams, and ridges. 4 Once the probe has been completely wiped, use a third wipe and continue
wiping the probe as needed to ensure the surface remains wet for the required exposure time. Use as many wipes as needed to ensure all surfaces remain wet for the minimum required contact time listed in the disinfectant manufacturer’s instructions for use.
Warning: Failure to properly rinse probes with water following disinfection may cause skin irritation. 5 Thoroughly dry all surfaces of the probe.
4 Turn the probe and continue wiping until the entire surface of the probe
6 Store the probe in a manner that will protect and keep the probe from
5 Wrap a clean wipe around a soft nylon bristle brush to access crevasses,
High-Level (Immersion Bath)
has been cleaned. Dispense fresh wipes as the wipe becomes soiled.
such as biopsy notches, on the surface of the probe. Do not use the brush on lens.
6 Inspect the probe for any remaining soil and, if necessary, repeat until the
Note: High-Level Disinfection is required for devices that contact intact mucous membranes or non-intact skin.
ote: Handles of semi-critical probes that are not submerged during N High-Level Disinfection require Intermediate-Level Disinfection to avoid cross contamination
1 Prepare the cleaning solution in accordance with the detergent
nsure the probe has been disconnected from the console. Prepare the 1 E
2 Immerse the probe in the cleaning solution up to the immersion line in the
2 Immerse probe in the disinfectant up to the immersion line in the
probe is clean.
Ultrasound console’s user manual. Ensure no air bubbles are trapped on the surface. Do not submerge probe beyond the indicated immersion line.
3 Brush with a clean, soft, nylon bristle brush from the base of the cable
strain relief to the distal tip for at least the minimum contact time listed on the detergent manufacturer’s label. Do not use the brush on lens.
4 Inspect the probe for any remaining soil and, if necessary, repeat until the
probe is clean.
5 Rinse the probe under running warm potable water. 6 Thoroughly dry all surfaces of the probe using a soft, low-lint wipe or cloth.
High-Level Disinfectant per the disinfectant manufacturer’s instructions. ultrasound console user’s manual and ensure no air bubbles are trapped. The probe must remain submerged for the minimum contact time listed on the HLD label.
horoughly rinse the probe to remove residual disinfectant. Thoroughly 3 T
dry all surfaces of the probe using a soft, low-lint or lint-free wipe or cloth.
tore the probe in a manner that will protect and keep the probe 4 S
from being recontaminated. This may be accomplished by placing the probe in a storage cabinet with filtered air flow and/or by using a disposable storage cover placed over the probe.
Cleaning & Disinfection High level (automated system) High level disinfection can also be performed by automated system such as trophon® and trophon2 for standard and endocavitary probes. pon completion of probe cleaning, carefully dry the probe with a clean, 1 U low-lint soft and dry cloth or wipe.
2 Visually inspect the probe to ensure the probe is visibly clean.
ollow the trophon instructions for probe placement and operation of 3 F the trophon system.
nce the trophon High-Level Disinfection cycle is complete, don a new 4 O
set of gloves and promptly remove the probe from the trophon machine.
ipe the probe from the distal end to the proximal end with a clean, 5 W lint-free soft and dry cloth or wipe.
For TEE probes, you can use automated system such as TD100. pon completion of probe cleaning, carefully dry the probe by wiping 1 U with a clean, low-lint soft and dry cloth or wipe from the distal tip to the strain relief.
2 Follow the TD100 instructions for probe placement and operation of
the TD100 system.
nce the TD100 High-Level Disinfection cycle is complete, don a new 3 O
set of gloves and promptly remove the probe from the TD100 machine.
ipe the probe from the distal end to the proximal end with a clean, 4 W lint-free soft and dry cloth or wipe.
You can also download the complete Ultrasound Probe Cleaning & Disinfection Manual from the GE Healthcare Support Documentation Library: https://www.gehealthcare.com/support/supportdocumentation-library Click the Enter Portal button and search for document number 5661328.