Since its introduction in 2009, trophon adoption is continuing to grow rapidly around the world. Find out why our customers are choosing trophon as their high level disinfection solution.
Meet some of our customers!
trophon is widely used around the world in the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
With the growing global trend towards high level disinfection (HLD) and implementation of stricter guidelines, the number of countries adopting trophon for their ultrasound probe disinfection is increasing rapidly.
In the US, trophon is fast becoming a new standard of care for hospitals and clinics. Our unique technology is now being used in 49 of the top 50 hospitals.
You can now find trophon in almost 3,000 facilities across the country, including these highly respected healthcare facilities:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
- Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester
- New York University, New York
- Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics, La Jolla
- Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Sanford Health, a large US health care provider with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics, has installed more than 60 trophon devices across its network. Originally chosen for vaginal ultrasound due to its effectiveness against HPV, the group is now using trophon in other departments and facilities, including radiology/imaging, emergency, OB, maternal fetal medicine, breast centers, urology centers, interventional radiology and family clinics.
In the United Kingdom, the use of trophon is also increasing following the introduction of stricter high level disinfection guidelines. Some of the largest health trusts in England, including St Bartholomew’s in London, have switched to trophon. In Wales it has been adopted by all National Health Service Trusts and in Scotland the publishing of new HLD guidelines has resulted in the use of trophon.
In Australia, trophon is being adopted by the majority of hospital radiology practices as the standard of care.
What customers are saying
Saving time and a safer process
Sanford Enterprise Director of Infection Prevention, Sanford Health, USA.
“We purchased some [trophon] units last year and wanted to install more, but we waited for the efficacy studies. Primarily we were looking at trophon for vaginal ultrasound because of the effectiveness against HPV 16 and 18. We felt strongly that any location with vaginal probes should have a trophon unit.
“The [soak] process is extremely complex. There’s turnover in staff and even though you validate every year, it’s very difficult to do that manual disinfection process 100 precent correctly.
“But it’s not only about patient safety – there’s the employee safety aspect of it. You must have adequate ventilation and use personal protective equipment. The trophon process is much safer for employees and takes out all those extra steps.
“You’re not transporting probes. They’re very fragile, and you’re not taking them down the hallway [to a separate disinfection room] and risking breaking them – so that’s ideal.
“Waiting was the hardest part. I can’t tell you how many calls I received saying ‘can we get trophon, we really want trophon, what’s the hold up?’ They were thrilled to get it.”
Provides reassurance for staff and patients
Clinical Lead Sonographer, King’s Mill Hospital, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
“We like this [trophon EPR] disinfection process because it removes any user subjectivity, assuring staff that the disinfection process is reproduced perfectly each and every cycle.
“It has also had a positive impact on patient confidence, as they know the probe has been automatically reprocessed rather than manually cleaned.
“We used to use simple wipes, which took 30 seconds. However, the trophon EPR is extremely easy to use and fits well into our workflow. It has not caused any extension in examination times, which is crucial in a busy ultrasound department.”
Solves high level disinfection issues while offering safer protection for patients and staff in half the time
Robert De Jong Jr., RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Radiology Technical Manager, Ultrasound, The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHM), Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
“The trophon EPR has been the biggest thing to hit ultrasound since color Doppler.
“The amount of time and energy needed for chemical soaking was greatly impacting patient workflow to the point where I was pushing to hire a person to be responsible for just performing HLD on the transducers.
“The chemicals were also creating a separation between layers of the transducer, causing air to be introduced. This resulted in artifacts and degraded images. I have not had to replace a transducer for these issues since the switch to the trophon EPR.
“The reduced time waiting for the transducer to be ready has been a major plus and staff members love the ease of use of the trophon EPR. We’re now trying to ‘trophon’ every transducer after use, not just endocavitary.
“trophon was an answered prayer! It has solved so many high level disinfection (HLD) issues while offering more complete and safer protection for our patients and staff – in half the time.”
Provides the best disinfection procedure for ultrasound probes
Dr Andrew Ngu
Principal of East Melbourne Ultrasound, Victoria, Australia, and President elect for the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).
“Before trophon we were using various methods one of which was soaking the probes in chemical solution. It wasn’t very satisfactory as we could only disinfect part of the probe [the shaft]. With the trophon EPR I can be assured that I’m giving patients the best service all round including, most importantly, the best disinfection procedure for probes.
“The staff are also relieved they don’t have to do all the [protective equipment] procedures to protect themselves from the chemical solution. It’s a very easy process to go through and we’re very happy with it. In fact, now we wouldn’t look at anything else.”
Provides a technology-driven disinfection process
Sonographer Educator, Scripps Clinic (part of Scripps Health), San Diego, California, USA.
“As the clinical educator for a multi-site clinic system, I am continually looking for ways to improve work flow, reduce potential exposures to our staff of sonographers, and upgrade our disinfection process in the interest of providing the best patient care.
“The trophon EPR is ground-breaking, and gives an ultrasound department its first technology-driven disinfection process.”
Improves efficiency and safety
Manager Scripps’ Gooding Imaging Center, San Diego, California, USA.
“As a result of our conversion [to trophon EPR high level disinfection], thus far we have improved efficiency of the cleaning process, created more standardization and eliminated non-value added variation, reduced chances for human error, and improved safety by reducing exposure to harsh chemicals previously used during the manual cleaning process.”
Maximizes patient care and safety
Chief Executive, Radiology Consultants Associated (RCA), Canada.
“… Here we are, with a new CAD$150,000 ultrasound machine and CAD$15,000 probes to go with it that we’re cleaning with 1960s glutaraldehyde soaking technology – this just didn’t compute for us any longer.
“If the number of ultrasound scans we can do in a day is cut down by lengthening the probe cleaning process, the clinic not only loses revenue but access to care by patients in the community is also impacted.
“The community expected the latest and greatest technology to maximize imaging quality along with patient care and safety. In the case of high level disinfection [that] means trophon EPR”.