Ultrasound equipment require a lot of care and maintenance. Not only because they’re delicate and extremely expensive (not to mention voiding the warranty), but also because it is used by medical staff to service patients. You need to ensure that your equipment works right and does not do anything to harm your patients or staff (cross-contamination). One way to do that is to ensure you use the right disinfectant ultrasound wipes. And we’ve picked out the best you’ll ever find in today’s market.
Top Ultrasound Wipes of 2017
1. SONO Ultrasound Wipes
SONO Ultrasound Wipes is our number one pick because it’s effective and safe. It kills more than 47 pathogens including MRSA, HIV, and staph. It also prevents the growth of mold and mildew on your ultrasound equipment. The solution is EPA approved and safe to use on LCD/Touch screens and without gloves on. The wipes also meet OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 1910.1030.
- smells good
- Can be used to clean the entire machine, not just transducer
- Costs more compared to competitors
- Only 50 wipes per pack (competitors offer 60/pack)
2. Protex Ultra Disinfectant Wipes
The Protex Ultra Disinfectant Wipes kills 99.9% of bacteria in 15 seconds and disinfects your equipment in just 4 minutes. It can kill 40 different pathogens including MRSA, HIV, Staph, Salmonella, Influenza, Coronavirus, E-coli, Norwalk Virus, and Herpes. The wipes are alcohol, bleach, and solvent free. And has been accepted for us by manufacturers of ultrasound equipment. The soft pack even features a “STAY PUT” adhesive backing to keep your wipes in place on top of your mobile equipment, making it easily accessible and convenient.
- kills 40 pathogens
- alcohol, bleach, and solvent free
- “STAY PUT” adhesive backing
- some consumers have reported getting expired wipes
- only 40 pathogens compared to SONO’s 47+
CaviWipes are disinfectant wipes manufactured by Metrex and is effective in cleaning and disinfecting hard, non-porous exterior surfaces of ultrasound transducers and probes. It features durable, nonwoven, non-abrasive towelettes that remain wet (fully saturated) while in use. It contains a small amount of ammonium chloride and around 17% of the solution is alcohol.
- disinfects in 3 minutes
- non-abrasive towelettes
- comes in a canister for easy storage
- requires the use of gloves
- smell is very strong
- not good for porous surfaces and ultrasound cables
4. Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipes
The Clinell Universal Sanitizing Wipes are perfect for cleaning and disinfecting ultrasound transducers. As a disinfectant, it is also compatible with some ultrasound systems such as the Sonosite NanoMaxx and the Sonosite Edge. And it can also be used as a surface cleaner for keyboards and accessories. It has been proven to kill at least 99.999% of germs and is effective for 10 seconds. The pathogens it can kill include MRSA, Acinetobacter, VRE, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, TB, Norovirus, and Hepatitis B & C. And it has been dermatologically tested to be skin friendly.
- Dermatologically tested
- Detergent and disinfectant in one
- Not compatible with some ultrasound systems, cables, handles, and steering mechanism
- low level disinfectant
How to Choose the Best Ultrasound Wipes
The wrong disinfectant can damage your highly expensive ultrasound machines. Not to mention, it could harm your patients and staff by not preventing cross-contamination. If you want to take care of your investment and ensure that there is no risk to your staff and patients’ health, it’s time to take a real close look at what disinfectant ultrasound wipes you should use.
How many pathogens does it kill?
Who knows what diseases are present in your patients? To prevent cross-contamination, your best bet is to disinfect your ultrasound equipment after every use. Naturally, not everyone carries the same pathogens. So your disinfectant should cover a lot of bases. Killing only a handful of bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms is a pathetic attempt at lowering the risk to everyone’s health. You should make sure that most, if not all, your bases are covered. Out of our 4 picks, the SONO Ultrasound Wipes has the best record – effective in killing more than 47 pathogens. Protex Ultra Disinfectant Wipes only kills 40 while other ultrasound wipes do not give you an exact count.
Is it skin-friendly?
Ok, there are other antibacterial wipes that you can buy for your hands. But it’s always a good thing to find products that serve multiple purposes. Also, you’ll need to take note of this to ensure that you don’t end up with sore or dry hands because you didn’t wear gloves while cleaning. The Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipes, for example, has been dermatologically tested to ensure you can use it to clean and disinfect your hands. CaviWipes, on the other hand, has a pretty strong smell, requiring you to not only wear gloves but a mask and/or goggles as well.
How easy is it to use?
Easy access is key. You don’t want to have to unscrew a lid to get to the wipes. But you also don’t want a lid that doesn’t close properly, ensuring that your ultrasound wipes are going to dry out sooner than you’d like. Soft packs are great and all but canisters are best for storing wipes. The lid is easier to keep closed and airtight compared to the Canisters like the CaviWipes also usually have more pieces compared to packs that only have 50-60 wipes inside.
One other thing you should look at is if your ultrasound wipes of choice come with an adhesive or a clip that allows you to attach it securely on top of your machine for easy access. The Protex Ultra Disinfectant Wipes, for example, comes with a “stay put” adhesive backing to ensure it stays on top of your mobile equipment at all times.
But the most important factor in choosing the best ultrasound wipes for your machine is compatibility. You need to make sure that your wipes can be used with the specific machine in your possession. To do this, check with the manufacturer. They usually list the compatible disinfectants for each of their machines and their parts.