CARING AND HANDLING OF ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER
The following recommendations help to reduce preventable transducer damages and support a long life for transducers.
- Handle all transducers with extreme care.
- Ensure that connected transducers are placed in the probe holder.
- Wall-mounted transducer holders with lens facing up.
- If a transducer appears to be damaged,discontinue use and notify the service representative.
Possible physical damages are limited to:
1. Bend or broken probe pins.
2. Cable cut or splitting.
3. Surface cracks.
4. Exposed wires or sheilding.
5. Fluid leaks.
- Disconnect transducers from ultrasound system prior to cleaning or disinfecting.
- Clean and disinfect all transducers following procedures contained in the system basic user manual.
- Follow the chemical manufacture recommendation regarding use and handling of the chemical.
- Always use bit guards with transesophageal(TEE) probes.
- Do not drop or knock the transducer or transducer lens.This may lead to crystal failure.
- Do not leave the transducers in places where they are subjected to being knocked.
- Do not let transducer cables loosely from the ultrasound system.
- Do not drop transducers into holders or disinfectant containers with lens face down.
- Do not immerse transducers deeper than permissible levels.Never immerse the connector or adaptor into any liquid.
- Do not apply excessive bending or pulling force to the transducer cable.
- Do not apply excessive force on the probe cable or TEE endoscope shaft.Insulation failure may result.
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