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Philips Transducers; Glutaraldehyde Exposure; Infection Control - Philips EPIQ 7 User Manual

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Operator Safety

Philips Transducers

Use only transducers that are approved by Philips for use with your Philips ultrasound system.
"Clinical Applications and Transducers" on page 174
for a list of the transducers that are
compatible with your ultrasound system.
In the United States, the FDA 510(k) regulatory clearance for use of the product is applicable
only when Philips-manufactured transducers are connected to the system.

Glutaraldehyde Exposure

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a
regulation covering levels of acceptable glutaraldehyde exposure in the working environment.
Philips does not sell glutaraldehyde-based disinfectants with its products, but this type of
disinfectant is recommended for the disinfection of transducers used in TEE, intraoperative,
endocavity, and biopsy procedures.
To reduce the presence of glutaraldehyde fumes in the air, be sure to use a covered or
ventilated soaking basin. Such systems are commercially available. The most-current
information about disinfection products and Philips transducers can be found on the Philips
Transducer Care website:

Infection Control

Issues related to infection control affect the operator and the patient. Follow the infection-
control procedures established in your facility for the protection of both the staff and the
Handling Contaminated Transducers
The primary area of concern is the handling of transducers that have contacted infected
patients. Always wear gloves when you handle transducers used in TEE, endocavity,
intraoperative, and biopsy procedures that have not been previously disinfected.
For information on cleaning and disinfecting transducers, see the
"Transducer Care"
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