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Save Time In Ultrasound Probe Disinfection

Posted by Nanosonics on 05-Mar-2019 09:32:06

Innovative Technology Offers Efficient, High Level Probes Disinfection Estimated to Save Hundreds of Hours of Time

The implementation of the trophon technology, along with process changes, cut the time to clean and disinfect probes by 37.5 percent. “For every probe reprocessed, we save five minutes,” she explains. “If you multiply this savings by the 10,000 probes we handle annually, we are saving over 833 hours each year!”

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trophon saves over 833 hours in probe reprocessing

Improving Care and Efficacy 

Grand River Hospital (GRH), located in Kitchener, Ontario, purchased four trophon systems for its Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Department in the spring of 2018. The resulting improvements to high-quality care for patients, safety for staff, and overall efficiency are dramatic.

Manager of Medical ReprocessingAccording to Lisa Anstey, Manager of Medical Reprocessing at GRH, “The  new technology is helping our MDR Department to maintain high-quality care while at the same time, it is estimated to save us hundreds of hours a year disinfecting probes used in ultrasound exams.”

The implementation of the trophon technology, along with process changes, cut the time to clean and disinfect probes by 37.5 percent. “For every probe reprocessed, we save five minutes,” she explains. “If you multiply this savings by the 10,000 probes we handle annually, we are saving over 833 hours each year!”

“We chose the trophon system because it stood out from the rest,” continues Lisa. “We like the efficacy of the product and the fact that it’s proven to kill high-risk, cancer-causing HPV.”

Clinical studies have shown that up to seven percent of endocavity ultrasound probes remain contaminated with high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) DNA after ultrasound examinations and routine disinfection.1-3 The trophon system was the first device proven to kill native (natural form) cancer-causing HPV.4

 

Environmentally FriendlyObstetrician & Gynaecologist Physician

The trophon technology offers a green solution that is safe for patients and hospital staff while also harmless to the environment.

“The new disinfection process is more environmentally friendly compared to other reprocessing methods because the trophon unit doesn’t use toxic chemicals,” says Lisa. “In fact, the only by-product is a drop of water!”

In addition, minimal renovations were required to accommodate the trophon implementation because plumbing and ventilation changes were not needed.

  

Change Management and Implementationstrophon saves time

Managing change was a critical piece of the trophon system implementation. The MDR team partnered with all GRH departments involved in the process to explain why they were making the technology change and how the process would be implemented. “Gaining early buy-in for cross-departmental process changes really helped with the transition,” Lisa explains.

GRH’s new MDR Technicians prefer trophon technology over the previous disinfection method (liquid chemical soak). “They now come up to speed quickly, gain confidence, and deliver consistent, high-level disinfection of ultrasound probes because the machines are intuitive and user-friendly, the cartridge changing is safe and easy to do, and troubleshooting is straightforward,” says Lisa, adding that clinical staff appreciates they now have traceability back to the probe. “We can definitively show that the probe has been cleaned and is safe for use.”

MDR as a profession has moved into the limelight, according to Lisa. “It plays a vital role in ensuring high-quality patient care at GRH, and by adopting the new trophon technology, GRH can advance exceptional care, maintain top standards and improve efficiency.”

 

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Physician POC trophon

 


References:: 1. Casalegno et. Al.: High Risk HPV Contamination of Endocavity Vaginal Ultrasound Probes: An Underestimated Route of Nosocomial Infection?, PLOS ONE, Oct201 2, Volume 7, Issue 10. 2. Ma et al.: Transvaginal ultrasound probe contamination by the human papillomavirus in the emergency department, Emerg Med J, 2012. 3. M’Zali et al. Persistence of microbial contamination on transvaginal ultrasound probes despite low-level disinfection procedure. PLoS One 2014;9:e93368. 4. Ryndock E, Robison R, Meyers C. Susceptibility of HPV 16 and 18 to high level disinfectants indicated for semi-critical ultrasound probes. J Med Virol. 2016;88(6): 1076-80.


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