Disinfecting Ultrasound Transducers

Hope Dunkleman

Hope Dunkleman

Digital Marketing Specialist, Sterilzation And Disinfection
You First Services, Inc.

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Getting to Know Your Ultrasound Transducer

In healthcare settings, ultrasound machines perform many functions, from checking a fetal heart rate to helping physicians safely locate an artery or vein. To ensure optimal accuracy and effectiveness, transducers (commonly referred to as probes) come in different shapes and sizes, falling into three categories: noncritical, semi-critical, and critical. For this reason, it’s important to understand that different transducers may require different approaches to disinfection.

Getting an Ultrasound using a Transducer

Using an Ultrasound Transducer

When using a transducer, protecting both the patient and the equipment is essential. Therefore, for most procedures, transducers typically have latex probe covers to protect the patient from any potential contaminants. Probe covers serve as the first line of defense against infectious microorganisms.

Disinfecting Transducers

Each facility has its own disinfection practices for transducers and probes. However, the level of disinfection can vary with the criticality of the procedure performed. The type of probe used determines the level of disinfection. Every probe, no matter what, needs to be cleaned and disinfected properly after every procedure.

Ultrasound TransducerFor low-level disinfectants, the process usually includes:

  • Clean off any remaining gel or residual substances from its surface
  • Use a non-abrasive soap and cloth in a blotting motion to not harm the transducer
  • Make sure all organic matter has been removed from the probe (blood/body tissue)
  • Wipe probe with a probe-compatible low-level disinfection quaternary ammonium, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach-based wipe, or a soft cloth with one of these mentioned disinfectants
  • Make sure the transducer is dry before storing it for future use

For high-level disinfection, there are two options: a germicidal soak or using an automated probe reprocessor. Before starting these processes, the transducer must go through the entire low-level disinfection process. This is performed to prevent any gel or organic matter from adhering to the surface, making it harder to reach high-level disinfection. Only after is it ready for the germicidal soak or the reprocessor.

GloTran Disinfector

These disinfection methods can be a long and drawn-out process. Wouldn’t it be nice to wipe off the gel used and then place these transducers in a machine that does all the work for you without the wait time? GloTran is a disinfection system that uses hydrogen peroxide gas plasma technology to ensure devices are properly disinfected. The cold plasma (hydrogen peroxide gas plasma) destroys over 99.999% of pathogens including bacterial spores commonly missed by traditional sprays and wipes.

GloTran has a fast, completely automated cycle. We designed the device for use on select medical devices and electronics. You read that correctly: unlike alternative disinfecting technology, GloTran’s dry, low-temperature disinfection process is perfectly safe for a wide variety of electronics that includes cell phones, tablets, or other devices commonly used in healthcare.

Let one of our disinfection specialists work with you on streamlining your ultrasound transducers disinfection process today.

Learn how GloTran can transform your disinfection process today! 

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