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Trophon sterilization of PICC ultrasound probe

Has anyone heard of using the Trophon sterilization process on the Ultrasound probe we use for PICC line insertions? The director of Regulatory at my hospital is saying that using this sterilation process is a Joint Commission requirement. The IFU manual from the manufacturer notes that the US probe is not to be sterilized. If this goes against the manufactures recommendations, how can Joint Commission require it? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Trophon does not "sterile"

Trophon does not "sterile" anything. It is a form of high level disinfection, which is a specific definition in the Spaulding classification scheme. INS SOP states to follow manufacturer directions for use. See this position paper from multiple professional organizations.

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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