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Transducer and System Care

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Transducer Care and Operator Safety

Observe the following warnings when using disinfectants. More specific warnings and cautions are included within the care and cleaning procedures and on the labels of the cleaning or disinfection solutions.



  • Disinfectants are recommended because of their chemical compatibility with product materials, not their biological effectiveness. For the biological effectiveness of a disinfectant, see the guidelines and recommendations of the disinfectant manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
  • The level of disinfection required for a device is dictated by the type of tissue it will contact during use and the type of transducer being used. Ensure that the disinfectant type is appropriate for the type of transducer and the transducer application. For information on the levels of disinfection requirements, see Choosing the Correct Transducer Care Method. Also, see the disinfectant label instructions and the recommendations of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
  • Sterile transducer covers with sterile ultrasound transmission gel are required for intraoperative and biopsy procedures. Protective covers are recommended for transrectal and intravaginal procedures; in China and Japan, the covers are mandatory. Philips recommends the use of qualified covers.
  • In intraoperative applications (other than TEE or endoscopy), transducers used with sterile gel and sterile transducer covers may use either the high-level disinfection or sterilization care method.
  • Bite guards are mandatory for TEE transducers.

For information on ordering transducer covers, contact CIVCO Medical Solutions (see Supplies, Accessories, and Customer Service).

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