Introducing TDefender

Introducing TDefender

This month, CS Medical is excited to be releasing our newest addition to your toolkit for transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) ultrasound probe reprocessing: TDefender Distal Tip Protector. This latest innovation is designed to protect TEE probes during transportation to and from the procedure room.

To use TDefender, simply place it over the distal tip of a TEE probe and squeeze the two sides of the device together. Once you hear the clicking sound indicating the TDefender is locked in place, the probe is ready to be loaded into a transportation device, like the TPorter. TDefender comfortably fits over the PullUp Probe Cover and the Bio-Barrier Sleeve. Single-use TDefenders can be used to transport a clean probe to the procedure room and then to transport the now-soiled probe back for reprocessing. In an effort to ensure clean and soiled probes are never confused and to assist with compliance, TDefender also comes equipped with tabs to indicate whether a probe is clean or dirty. After use, dispose of the TDefender as normal office waste.

To some, employing the use of TDefender may seem like overkill when it comes to protecting TEE probes. The fact of the matter is that TEE probes are incredibly delicate instruments. The probe's acoustic array is housed within the distal tip. The acoustic array is made up of piezoelectric crystals which are as fragile as glass. Just a few bumps against the highly sensitive distal tip could mean diminished image quality and, eventually, very costly repairs or even replacement.

According to Acertara Labs, one of the nation's top probe repair providers, probes which are not adequately cared for are often replaced or repaired as often as every six to nine months. Each of these events can cost an average of $21,000, adding up significantly over the typical ten-year lifespan of a ultrasound system. Using these numbers, the cost of just one single repair or replacement covers the cost of literally thousands of TDefenders. Utilizing these handy little devices can save your facility tens of thousands of dollars over the course of each TEE probe's lifespan.

Devices like TDefender work to keep costs down at your facility. This not only saves your facility from unnecessary expenditures, but it can help keep healthcare costs down for patients. Considering the ever-increasing cost of healthcare, every effort to keep costs low makes a difference.

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.