FAQ Spotlight: TEEClean® Self-Disinfection Cycle

FAQ Spotlight: TEEClean® Self-Disinfection Cycle

Having a quality high-level disinfector is extraordinarily helpful in ensuring that TEE probes are properly high-level disinfected, but few think about the cleanliness of the disinfecting unit itself. If the unit is not properly maintained, over time it may become soiled and pass bacteria onto probes, thus having the opposite effect intended. As healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are both dangerous and costly, it is important to mitigate the risk they pose in every way possible.

TEEClean Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector is the first unit of its kind to take this variable out of the equation. TEEClean offers full system high-level disinfection for added preventative maintenance. Once every three months when the unit's 5 nanometer water filter is changed, the unit walks users through a process by which the unit is completely high-level disinfected within, making it sanitary and safe for continued use.

Many believe that because the unit is used regularly to disinfect probes, it must be completely high-level disinfected itself, but this is not the case. Certain lines used for water and drainage do not come into contact with high-level disinfectant during the course of regular usage. However, when the system’s water filter is changed, it is also put through a cycle that specifically ensures that all lines throughout the entire system are high-level disinfected.

On its full-color LCD touchscreen, TEEClean provides prompts for users to prepare the system for high-level disinfection and water filter change. Then a fresh bottle of TD-5 or TD-8 is loaded into the TEEClean, is heated to 38-40°C, and is circulated through all the lines. Running the system through this process quarterly is a great step in helping to prevent the spread of HAIs.

This feature can give users and healthcare facilities more confidence that they are providing patients with the highest level of care and security. CS Medical’s TEEClean is the only TEE probe reprocessor available on the market today that provides this important feature.

About CS Medical

Founded in 2003, CS Medical LLC is a leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing medical devices that are designed to provide cleaning and high-level disinfection of ultrasound probes. Our products are engineered and developed with one single objective in mind: to minimize the potential of patient exposure to improperly reprocessed ultrasound probes. Our core products, the TEEClean® Automated TEE Probe Cleaner Disinfector and Ethos Automated Ultrasound Probe Cleaner Disinfector, are examples of our ongoing commitment to innovation and to the health and safety of medical patients and staff.

Beyond cleaning and high-level disinfection of endocavity and surface ultrasound probes, CS Medical believes in managing the quality of care given to delicate ultrasound probes. Our product offering provides solutions for healthcare facilities to minimize ultrasound probe damage and reduce the potential of contaminating high-level disinfected probes prior to use. The products address the following areas: bedside cleaning, point of care cleaning, electrical leakage testing, drying, transporting, and storing the ultrasound probe. Our objective is to manage the care given to each ultrasound probe thus allowing for a reduction in healthcare associated infections.

Located in Creedmoor, North Carolina, CS Medical's products provide quality device care and storage by minimizing healthcare operational costs, improving device readiness, and increasing regulatory compliance.