Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound transducers and technology empower you to capture clear, beautiful clinical images. Taking care of your investment will help to maximize your transducer’s performance and product life. The information contained in this website provides you with approved cleaners and disinfectants to help maintain your transducers.
General Handling of Siemens Healthineers Transducers
- Take extreme care when handling or storing transducers. They must not be dropped, jarred, or knocked against other objects. Do not allow transducers to come into contact with any sharp-edged or pointed object. Careless handling can result in damage to acoustic lens, housing, cable and/or system connector. Never use transducers with cracked or damaged housings, acoustic lens, strain relief or cable assemblies as these issues may increase cross-contamination risks and compromise electrical safety features of the transducer.
- The transducers have been designed and tested to be able to withstand high-level disinfection as recommended by the manufacturers of the Siemens Healthineers approved disinfectant products. Carefully follow the disinfectant manufacturer's instructions for use. Do not immerse for more than one hour.
- Do not sterilize transducers using hot steam, cold gas, or Ethylene Oxide (EO) methods. Before applying any other methods that might be recommended by manufacturers of sterilization equipment, please contact your Siemens Healthineers representative.
- Do not use abrasive cleaning agents, organic solvents such as benzene, isopropyl alcohol, or phenol-based substances, or cleaning agents containing organic solvents to clean or disinfect transducers. Use of these substances can damage the transducer and diminish image quality.
Refer to your Siemens Healthineers ultrasound system's user and reference manuals for complete operating instructions, including procedures for cleaning and disinfecting transducers.
Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV) Ultrasound Agreement revision begins April 1, 2018.
The KBV revision affects the disinfectant methodology and efficacy of semi-critical transducers such as transesophageal and endocavity transducers. Manufacturers of ultrasound equipment are required to provide at least one material-compatible disinfection method demonstrating bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal efficacy to allow attending physician to obtain reimbursement approval for ultrasound examinations. For more information refer to your ultrasound system’s user and reference manuals for complete operating instructions, including procedures for cleaning and disinfecting transducers.