How should TEE probes be stored?

Ensure that probes are properly dried before storage and be sure to store probes by vertically hanging them in a well-ventilated, dust-free environment where they will not touch or be touched by anything until they are ready for use.

How to clean TEE probe?

The probe should be rinsed to remove the bedside cleaning solution with a large volume of tempered water. The general recommendation is for a one minute contact time per eight liters of water. The rinse water then must be drained or removed from the basin or sink.

What is a TD 100?

The TD 100 delivers high level disinfection to TEE probes in ONLY 5 minutes. Microprocessor-controlled, the TD 100 is simple to use for any health care professional reprocessing a used TEE ultrasound probe. The TD 100 dramatically reduces the amount of stress and the potential for damage to TEE probes.

Is a TEE probe an endoscope?

An endoscope can have a tiny camera mounted on a long shaft, giving a technician an actual video or photographic image of a person’s esophagus and beyond. A TEE probe takes ultrasound images and is specifically meant to monitor the heart. Endoscopes also serve other purposes.

How do you disinfect a ultrasound probe?

Use a damp cloth or wipe to remove any remaining contaminants that remain on the probe or cable. Do not re-use wipes. Soaps and detergents should be used accordingly with the manufacturers’ instructions.

How do I protect my ultrasound probe?


  1. KEEP CABLES SEPARATE FROM PROBES: During high-level disinfection, only the probe itself is disinfected.
  2. HANG PROBES VERTICALLY: When not in use, hang probes vertically to aid drying, protect the cable, and keep the probe and cable separated.

How much does a TEE probe cost?

The cost of a new TEE probe generally ranges from $36,000 to $50,000, depending on the type of TEE probe; with the higher amount being the newer 2D Matrix Arrays such as the Philips X7-2t or the GE 6Tv-D.

Why is a TEE done?

A TEE is done when your doctor needs a closer look at your heart or does not get the information needed from a regular echo. You may need a combination of a TEE, Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to get information about how blood flows across your heart’s valves.

What is Trophon EPR?

trophon® EPR is a high level disinfection system that is fast and simple. The compact design means it can be located at the point of care, helping to improve patient workflow, while the fully enclosed system helps protect both patients and staff by limiting exposure to harmful disinfectant chemicals.

Are you put to sleep for a TEE?

You will receive a sedative before the procedure to help you relax. If indicated, oxygen will be given through nasal tubes. The room will be darkened so that the images on the echocardiogram monitor can be seen by the doctor. The TEE probe will be passed through your mouth and down your throat.

How long does a TEE procedure last?

How long does the test take? The test will take about 90 minutes. Afterwards, you may need more tests. Otherwise, your driver can take you home.

What is a high level disinfectant?

High-level disinfection traditionally is defined as complete elimination of all microorganisms in or on an instrument, except for small numbers of bacterial spores. Cleaning followed by high-level disinfection should eliminate enough pathogens to prevent transmission of infection.

How does GE Healthcare take care of probes?

GE Healthcare helps guide you through these challenges. As a trusted partner for ultrasound technologies, we know how important it is to take great care of probes and how challenging the HLD process can be. We can help you automate and standardize probe disinfection and in more ways than you might expect.

Why are probes stored in a storage system?

Probe Storage It’s critical to have a storage system that protects your probes from damage, temperature extremes, and contamination. Invest in options specifically designed for the size and type of probes you need to store.

Are there any warranties for GE Healthcare transducers?

GE Healthcare warranties and service contracts do not cover, and GE Healthcare is not responsible for, damage caused by cleaning, disinfectant or gel products that are not materially compatible with GE Healthcare transducers.

Can you use abrasive wipes on GE ultrasound probe?

DO NOT use abrasive paper products when cleaning or wiping a GE Ultrasound probe. The use of abrasive wipes can damage the soft lens (acoustic window). You can also download the Ultrasound Probe Cleaning & Disinfecting Addendum from our GE Healthcare Support Documentation Library with the instructions above.