trophon streamlines your high level disinfection processes and helps you meet audit and storage requirements.
Why is it important to have adequate HLD traceability?
One of the common deficiencies identified by on-site audits and as cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is improperly sterilized or high level disinfected equipment. This is also a top five non-compliance finding by The Joint Commission (TJC).1,2
Included in the finding is the lack of high level disinfection (HLD) documentation for traceability. What’s more, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) surveyor always looks for documented evidence of quality HLD processes.3
Adequate documentation for the reprocessing of intracavity and surface ultrasound probes helps with:
- Patient safety
- Quality management
- Legal purposes
trophon’s user-friendly traceability solution
trophon provides an efficient traceability process to ensure the safe reuse of ultrasound probes. We offer four optional accessories to help you document and track information from patient to patient.
Making it easy to maintain compliant reprocessing records.
- Meets best practice for reprocessing ultrasound probes
- Easy to reference evidence for auditing
- Compatible with trophon Printer labels
- Records up to 200 HLD cycles per logbook
Capturing HLD data for audit purposes.
- An automated tracking and quality assurance software tool, tailor-made to record HLD cycles performed by trophon
- Quick user-defined, automated, non-editable, time stamped HLD reports in PDF format (with five easy date/cycle download options)
- Achieves audit and accreditation recommendations
- A robust and flexible risk management reporting system, which links patient exam date and time to the disinfection cycle and result
- Compatible with Windows® Operating system
- Available in English and Canadian French languages
Why is it important to have adequate HLD storage?
Regulations and guidelines recommend storing reprocessed medical devices in a way that protects them from recontamination.
Healthcare facilities should have protocols to ensure that healthcare personnel can readily identify devices that have been properly reprocessed and are ready for patient use (e.g. tagging system, storage in a designated area).4,5
Canadian standards require that ultrasound probes are “stored in a manner that ensures they remain dry and protected from environmental contaminants or damage. After probes have been cleaned and high-level disinfected, they shall be clearly labelled (e.g., labelled that they are high-level disinfected) and stored in a dedicated, closed, ventilated cabinet outside of the decontamination area, procedure room, waiting room, or hallway.” 6
High level disinfected ultrasound probes can be stored in a cabinet in a clean room manufactured storage cover. This can assist labelling the probe and will also help prevent contamination during probe transport from the reprocessing area to the storage cabinet, and from the storage cabinet to the examination room.
- The Joint Commission: Most Challenging Requirements in 2013; pg 1-3.
- The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA): Infection Control Assessment of Ambulatory Surgical Centers
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services Section 3. A Reprocessing of semi-critical equipment
- American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Guidelines for cleaning and preparing external and internal-use ultrasound probes between patients. AIUM Official Statement. Online at: http://www.aium.org/officialStatements/57
- CDC Health Alert Network September 11, 2015. Available from: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00382.asp