Frequently Asked Questions
Are germicidal wipes adequate to clean internal probes?
According to the Guidelines for Cleaning and Preparing External- and Internal-Use Ultrasound Probes Between Patients
, for maximum safety, one should therefore perform high level disinfection of the probe between each use and use a probe cover or condom as an aid to keep the probe clean. For purposes of this document, "internal probes" refer to all vaginal, rectal, and transesophageal probes, as well as intraoperative probes and all probes that are in contact with bodily fluids/blood or have a remote chance to be in contact with dry/cracked skin and body fluids, including blood.