2. Carefully inspect each transducer cover before use, and discard it if you find tears or
blemishes. Also inspect each transducer cover after use. If you find a tear, the patient or the
transducer may have been contaminated.
3. Insert the transducer into the transducer cover and unfurl the transducer cover until it
covers the transducer and its cable. The cover must be unfurled far enough to maintain the
4. Use a sterile elastic band or clip to hold the proximal end of the transducer cover in place.
5. Ensure that wrinkles and bubbles over the face of the transducer are minimized. Check the
transducer cover for tears or damage before proceeding.
6. When operating the transducer, make sure that proper orientation is maintained to avoid
To achieve good acoustic contact, make sure that the imaging surface is moist.
Imaging improves with adequate coupling between the patient surface and the transducer-
cover surface. Sterile water is a good acoustic-coupling agent during surgery.
During studies in which you believe contamination of the ultrasound system can occur, Philips
recommends that you take universal precautions and cover the system with a disposable drape.
Consult your hospital's rules regarding equipment use in the presence of infectious disease.
Accessories for Intraoperative Transducers
For information on ordering accessories, see
Electrical Safety and Intraoperative Transducers
All Philips ultrasound systems and transducers comply with common medical device electrical
Preparing Transducers for Intraoperative Use
"Supplies and Accessories" on page
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