Warnings and Cautions
These warnings and cautions must be observed during all cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization procedures.
- Always use protective eyewear and gloves when cleaning and disinfecting any equipment.
- If a pre-mixed solution is used, be sure to observe the solution expiration date.
- Transducers must be cleaned after each use. Cleaning the transducer is an essential step before effective disinfection or sterilization. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using disinfectants.
- Attempting to clean or disinfect a transducer, cable, or connector by using a method other than the procedures on this website can damage the device and voids the warranty.
- Do not allow sharp objects, such as scalpels or cauterizing knives, to touch transducers or cables.
- When handling a transducer, do not bump the transducer on hard surfaces.
- On TEE transducers, do not bend or crimp the gastroscope (flexible shaft) or cable.
- Do not use a surgeon’s brush when cleaning transducers. Even the use of soft brushes can damage transducers.
- Do not use a brush on the connector label.
- Do not use paper products or products that are abrasive when cleaning the transducer. They damage the soft lens of the transducer.
- During cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization, orient the parts of the transducer, connector, or cable that must remain dry higher than the wet parts, until all parts are dry. This helps keep liquid from entering unsealed areas of the transducer.
- Do not allow any type of fluid to enter the connector. Ensure that fluid does not enter through the strain relief, through the connector, through the electrical contacts, or through the areas surrounding the locking-lever shaft and the strain relief. Fluid in the connector may void the device warranty.
- Be sure to use the proper concentration of enzymatic cleaner and rinse thoroughly.
- Before storing transducers, ensure that they are thoroughly dry. If it is necessary to dry the transducer lens after cleaning, use a soft cloth and a blotting motion, instead of a wiping motion.
- The use of 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and alcohol-based products on all transducers is restricted. On non-TEE transducers, the only parts that may be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol are the connector housing and the transducer housing and lens. On TEE transducers, the only parts that may be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol are the connector housing and the handle. Ensure that the solution is only 70% alcohol or less. Do not wipe any other part of a transducer with isopropyl alcohol (including cables or strain reliefs), as it can damage those parts of the transducer. This damage is not covered by the warranty or your service contract.