If possible, use the box/case/foam from the manufacturer to protect the ultrasound probe during the shipping process. Storage
Do not store in clamp control housing, which puts unneeded stress on the cord and strain relief. Instead, keep unused ultrasound probes in a cool, dry place — ideally in a case or box. Use
Check the ultrasound transducer before each use to make sure all elements are properly functioning. Cleaning
Before submerging the probe, make sure the strain relief and cord are undamaged. Don’t leave the ultrasound probe in contact with cleaning solutions for extended periods.
A damaged ultrasound probe can put both the patient and user at potential risk for harm, including electrical shock, cross-contamination, and even images that could lead to misdiagnosis. Therefore, it is critical to diagnose the condition and repairability of ultrasound probes immediately upon noticing that something is wrong. Repair and maintenance of medical equipment can be costly; thus, the purpose of this article is to help guide you in deciding whether to repair or replace a damaged ultrasound probe.
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