Recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting YOUR FibroScaN®

 

 

1. Terminology

  • System: keyboard, screen, handles, probe holders
  • FibroScan® (VCTE) probesprobe disinfection fibroscan 
  • Ultrasound localization probe
    Probe Echosens fibroscan spleen

2. Recommendations 

Information provided on this webpage is a synopsis of the cleaning and disinfecting protocols described in your user manual. Always refer to the recommendations present in the user guide. It is essential to follow specific local infection control protocols. Information provided on this website does not supersede the local infection control protocols.


3. Cleaning the device and probes

Prior cleaning is necessary to ensure effective disinfection:

  • Clean using a soft cloth soaked in purified or soapy water
  • Wipe down with a soft cloth dampened with water
  • Dry carefully with a clean, soft and absorbent cloth

 4. Probe disinfection

The probes must be cleaned and disinfected between each examination. 


a) Probe disinfection agents

Disinfectant agents compatible with the probes were crossed-referenced with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List N (products that meet EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2).

In addition, we reviewed the cleaning agent manufacturer claims effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2.  

 

Product name Manufacturer name Compatible with FibroScan® probe Compatible with spleen and liver localization probe United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Website

Other

Governmental Authority

Cleaning agent manufacturer claims effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2
Aniospray Quick ANIOS yes yes yes
Cleanisept Wipes THX MEDICAL yes yes yes
Clinell Sporicidal Wipes GAMA HEALTHCARE yes   yes
Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipes GAMA HEALTHCARE yes yes yes
Lysol Advanced Disinfecting Wipes
(DIN: 02417979)
LYSOL yes yes
Meliseptol Foam Pure
(DIN: 02431653)
B BRAUN yes yes
Meliseptol Wipes
(DIN: 02431661)
B BRAUN yes yes
Mikrobac Tissues502 v4 BENER SAFETY yes yes
Mikrozid Sensitive Wipes SCHUELKE yes yes yes
PDI Sani-Cloth AF3
(DIN: 02470764)
PDI HEALTHCARE yes yes yes yes
PDI Sani-Cloth HB PDI HEALTHCARE yes yes
PI-Spray II ULTRAMED TECHNOLOGY yes yes
Protex ULTRA PARKER LABS yes yes yes
Sono Ultrasound Wipes,
or Lonza Disinfectant Wipes Plus 2
SONO HEALTHCARE yes yes yes yes
Surfa’Safe Premium ANIOS yes yes
Tristel Trio Wipe System TRISTEL yes   yes
Viraclean WHITELEY yes   listed by Therapeutic Goods Administration yes
V-Wipes WHITELEY yes  
Wip’Anios Excel ANIOS yes yes yes

 

 

b) Cleaning and disinfectant products prohibited for use on the FibroScan® probe (housing, cable, and transducer)

Any product that is not explicitly intended for cleaning or disinfecting medical devices must not be used.

 

 

The products listed below must not be used on the device, probes, or accessories:

  • Sodium hydroxide and/or sodium hypochlorite disinfectant products
  • Hydrogen peroxide disinfectant products
  • Household products, particularly scouring powders or alkaline detergents (pH > 9) containing bleach, caustic soda, potash or ammonia
  • Pure or dilute acid solutions of whatever type, including household vinegar
  • Hydrocarbon solvents: alkanes, alkenes, benzene, toluene, xylene, gasoline
  • Oxygenated solvents: ethanol, methanol (methylated spirits), acetone, MIBK, acetic acid, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate (nail varnish remover), ether, glycol ethers, DMF, DMSO, HMPT
  • Halogenated solvents: perchloroethylene, trichlorethylene, dichloromethane, chloroform, tetrachloromethane

 

c) Cleaning and disinfectant products prohibited for use on the ultrasound localization probe (housing, cable, and transducer)

  • Phenol
  • benzothonium chloride
  • pHisohex
  • benzoyl peroxide
  • hydrogen peroxide

 

d) Probe disinfection protocol 

It is not necessary to switch off the device before cleaning and disinfecting the probe.

Surfaces of the probe must be cleaned and disinfected strictly in the order described below:

  1. 1. Point the probe and transducer in downwards 
  2. 2. Remove any remaining traces of gel with a soft cloth
  3. 3. Clean surfaces with a soft cloth or wipe dampened with the recommended cleaning product
    1. Note: if necessary, wipe down the surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water
  4. 4. Dry the probe with a soft, dry cloth
  5. 5. Wipe the surfaces using a soft cloth or wipe soaked in the recommended disinfectant solution
  6. 6. Dry the probe with a soft, dry cloth
  7. 7. Examine the transducer and probe cable for any damage such as cracks, breakage, or liquid leakage  

5. System disinfection (keyboard, screen, handles, probe holders)

Currently, no disinfecting product or protocol has been tested on the FibroScan® system.

Please refer to the cleaning section.