TEE Ultrasound Probe Care Guide
At Probo Medical, we know that accurate diagnosis is critical for your patients and your business. Accurate diagnoses require quality ultrasound probes to capture detailed images. To help you better preserve the life of your probe and keep your business functioning, we developed the TEE Probe Care Guide. The TEE Probe Care Guide includes our recommendations on how to store and care for your probe, ways to identify damage, and how Probo Medical can help with your TEE probe repairs.
Use a bite guard at all times. Bite holes and punctures are the number one cause of damage to TEE probes, and unfortunately, fluid finds all holes no matter how small. A hole may create high current leakage and could pose a risk to the patient.
Over-soaking a TEE probe in disinfectant, or not using OEM approved cleaning agents can cause significant damage to the lens and bending rubber. Do not allow the handle to be submerged. We recommend following the instructions on the manufacturer recommended agent’s packaging for cleaning or disinfection. Additionally, you may want to check with your hospital infection control personnel if you have further questions about cleaning, disinfecting times, etc. Other things to consider are ventilation and soak times. Click here for a link to our disinfectant guide!
Inspecting TEE transducers is very similar to the procedure used for standard transducers. However, you need to look closer as the problems on TEE probes are often very small. Sometimes you even need to use a magnifying glass to see the issues. Before and after every use, make sure to inspect the insertion tube, bending rubber, and lens for puncture marks, scratches, or damage. If there are any holes or scratches, the probe should be taken out of service. Read more about TEE probe inspection here.
Handle the probe with care. Do not drop the connector or scan head. When possible, use a scan head protection cover whenever handling or carrying the probe. Here are some more rules to consider when handling your probe:
- Do not drop transducers
- Do not allow the transducer nose to bump into anything that’s hard
- Very important when transporting from one room to another
- Transducers that are stored in a drawer often bump the back side of the drawer. This should be lined with foam or something soft.
- Keep cables straight and not wound up
- Always use approved cleaning/disinfection methods
- TEE transducers should be transported in hard containers with array tip guards
Read more about transducer handling and protection here!
Do not store a TEE probe in its shipping case or box, rather place it in a hard container with an array tip guard so it’s protected and secured. To eliminate moisture accumulation and bacterial growth, store a TEE probe vertically to aid drying. However, keep clean probes away from dirty probes to prevent cross-contamination. You’ll also want to keep your cables straight and not wound up.
When a TEE probe becomes damaged, it’s crucial to keep downtime to a minimum. With Probo Medical, you can send us your damaged probe and we’ll send you a complimentary loaner probe while yours undergoes repairs. Read more about our TEE probe repairs here!
How Probo Medical Can Help
If you need a new or refurbished ultrasound probe, give us a call at 1-317-565-4275 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our knowledgeable ultrasound transducer sales specialists will be happy to answer your questions!
If you need ultrasound service, support, systems, parts, transducers/probes or service training by experienced ultrasound technicians, our partner, Trisonics, has been setting the Gold Standard for ultrasound service since 2004 and can assist you with repair and maintenance of your ultrasound equipment. Give them a call at 1-877-876-6427 or email email@example.com to get a quote.
*Our probe guides may not always be an all-inclusive list. OEM’s are constantly updating what probes go with each system. Please consult a sales representative or your OEM representative for more information on the right probe for your system.
DISCLAIMER: This video and / or written content is for informational purpose only and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult licensed medical professionals and / or the original equipment manufacturer’s instructions for use and operators manuals for advice on how to use any advertised equipment. Additionally, the features on advertised equipment vary and may be different than displayed. Please consult a sales representative at Probo Medical LLC or MedCorp LLC to verify what is available on the system you purchased from Probo Medical LLC/MedCorp LLC or are interested in purchasing from Probo Medical LLC/MedCorp LLC.