Refer to the disinfectant manufacturer's directions regarding soak time and solution dilution, if applicable.
Unapproved Cleaners and Disinfectants
Avoid cleaning or disinfecting the scanner with ISA (Isopropyl Alcohol), as ISA may act as a solvent and may damage delicate parts of the scanner.
- Note: Isopropyl Alcohol may be used as a transmission medium in certain sterile procedures (such as cystoscopies) in place of ultrasound gel (though sterile ultrasound gel is available). Isopropyl Alcohol should still not be used as a cleaner or disinfectant even if it is used in procedures.
- Note: some products in the approved list may contain Isopropyl Alcohol as part of their ingredients. These specific products have been tested and approved for use with Clarius scanners, by Clarius, as the relative concentrations/potentcies fall within certain parameters. Only the approved products below have been tested in this way, thus disinfectants that contain ISA that are not on this approved list should generally be avoided in favour of a disinfectant with approved components only.
- Acetone (frequently found in nail polish remover and other solvents)
- Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
- Paint/varnish thinner, or other strong solvents
- Abrasive cleaners
- Selecting a non-recommended cleaning or disinfection solution, using an incorrect solution strength, or immersing a scanner deeper or longer than recommended can damage the scanner and will void it's warranty.
Approved Cleaners and Disinfectants
|Clarius Scanner HD||Clarius Scanner HD3||Clarius Fan HD/HD3||Clarius Battery HD||Clarius Charger HD/HD3||MicroUSB Cable HD3|
|Accel® PREVention™ Wipes||LLD, ILD||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|McKesson OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant Solution||HLD||✔||✔||✔|
|Sani-Cloth® Plus Germicidal Disposable Cloth||LLD, ILD||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Tristel Trio Wipes System||HLD (a)||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
Cleaner & Disinfectant Details
|Solution||Origin (b)||Usage||Active Ingredients|
|Accel® PREVention™ Wipes||CA||Wipe||Hydrogen Peroxide|
|CaviWipes||US||Wipe||Alcohol, Quaternary Ammonia|
|McKesson OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant Solution||US||Soak||Ortho-phthalaldehyde|
|MetriCide™ OPA Plus High-Level Disinfectant Solution||US||Soak||Ortho-phthalaldehyde|
|Sani-Cloth® AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe||US||Wipe||n-Alkyl (68% C12, 32% C14) dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides 0.14%|
|n-Alkyl (60% C14, 30% C16, 5% C12, 5% C18) dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides 0.14%|
|Sani-Cloth® Plus Germicidal Disposable Cloth||US||Wipe||Alcohol, Quaternary Ammonia|
|Tristel Trio Wipes System||UK||Pre-clean wipe||Enzymes, Chlorine Dioxide|
* CL = Cleaner, HLD = High-level disinfectant, ILD = Intermediate-level disinfectant, LLD = Low-level disinfectant, S = Sterilant
a. EU only.
b. AU = Australia, CA = Canada, US = United States, UK = United Kingdom
Minimizing the Effects of Residual Disinfectant
If an OPA-based disinfectant is used, residual solution may remain on your scanners if you do
not carefully follow the manufacturer's instruction.
Important Information Regarding Disinfectants
During an emergency where the scanner is used to examine multiple patients in a short period of time, a lack of proper cleaning and disinfection between patients may allow for the unintended spread of pathogens to patients and/or users.
In certain situations consider using disposable probe covers to cover the scanner.
If probe covers are used, please place gel on both sides of the covering barrier, in the following manner::
- Place gel on the patient - this improves ultrasound transmission from the probe covered scanner to the patient's body.
- Prior to placing the scanner in the probe cover, place generous amounts of gel inside the probe cover.
- Place the scanner head in direct contact with the gel inside the probe cover. This eliminates any air gaps that could impede transmission from the scanner to the barrier of the probe cover.
Disinfect and clean a scanner covered by a probe cover according to local protocols for the situation.
- In certain situations consider using disposable probe covers to cover the scanner.
- Always use protective eyewear and gloves when cleaning and disinfecting equipment.
- Disinfectants are recommended based on their chemical compatibility (not their biological
effectiveness) with product materials. For the biological effectiveness of a disinfectant, see
the guidelines and recommendations of the disinfectant manufacturer, the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
- If a pre-mixed solution is used, check the expiry date.
- The level of disinfection required for a scanner is determined by the type of tissue it
contacts. Ensure the disinfectant is appropriate for the scanner and its application. Also,
read the disinfectant label instructions and the recommendations of the Association for
Professionals in Infection Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control.
- Clean the scanner after each use. This is an essential step before disinfection.
- When disinfecting the scanner, ensure that the solution's strength and duration of contact
are appropriate for disinfection. Refer to the disinfectant manufacturer's directions regarding soak time and solution dilution, if applicable.
- Follow the manufacturer's recommendations and instructions when using cleaners and