trophon is the safe, versatile and simple way to prevent ultrasound probe cross-infection.
trophon delivers safety for patients, staff and the environment – reduces risk
With the ever increasing challenges in the fight against the spread of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs), trophon’s powerful disinfection technology is setting a new benchmark in protecting patients. All the while safeguarding staff and our environment from the dangerous hazards and toxic side effects of traditional disinfection methods.
trophon reduces the risk of ultrasound-related cross-infection in your facility.
- Highly effective bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal high level disinfection (HLD) to reduce the risk of patient cross contamination
- Clinically proven to kill the infectious high-risk cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV)1
- Study showed that trophon meets a range of international standards for HLD2
- Offers a safer patient environment as infection risk in a healthcare facility is greatly reduced
- Automated closed system minimises patient exposure to chemicals
“Before trophon we were using various methods one of which was soaking the probes in chemical solution. It wasn’t very satisfactory as we could only disinfect part of the probe [the shaft]. With the trophon EPR, I can be assured that I’m giving patients the best service all round including, most importantly, the best disinfection procedure for probes.”Dr Andrew Ngu, Principal of East Melbourne Ultrasound, Victoria, Australia and President elect for the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is widespread, with around 79 million Americans currently having some form of the virus.1
It is extremely infectious and some high-risk strains can lead to significant health problems. HPV is well known as a leading cause of cancer, with virtually all cervical cancers (more than 99%) caused by high-risk HPV.2
Many people know that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. However, it can also be passed on through non-sexual contact, for example via contact with skin or mucus. This means that HPV could be spread from one patient to another via ultrasound probes, if the probes are not adequately disinfected before use. It’s a concerning thought.
HPV poses a critical clinical risk and is a real challenge for those working in infection prevention.
trophon is a high level disinfection system proven to kill high-risk, cancer-causing HPV.3
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital HPV Infection – Fact Sheet [Internet]. 2015 [updated 2015 Feb 23; cited 2015 Mar 31]. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/STD/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm.
- Watson M, Saraiya M, Ahmed F, et al. Using population-based cancer registry data to assess the burden of human papillomavirus-associated cancers in the United States: overview of methods. Cancer 2008; 113(10 Suppl):2841- 2854.
- Ryndock E, Robison R, Meyers C. 2015. Susceptibility of HPV16 and 18 to high level disinfectants indicated for semi-critical ultrasound probes. J Med Virol. Published online 13 Nov 2015. DOI 10.1002/jmv.24421.
trophon minimises staff exposure to hazardous chemicals, fumes and spills.
- Closed system
- Sealed disinfectant cartridge remains sealed until inside trophon so there is no risk of spillage
- No manual test strips
- No hazardous fumes so there is no extra cost for special ventilation
- May help reduce requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), saving time and money
trophon offers a unique ‘closed’ system for the high level disinfection of ultrasound probes.
Disinfection takes place within a compact, closed-door decontamination chamber, utilising a sealed disinfectant cartridge.
Operators simply load the probe, close the door and press a button to start.
A small and controlled dose of sonicated hydrogen peroxide mist is then released into the chamber. This swirls around to completely cover both the probe and handle. This ultrafine, supercharged mist works inside the chamber to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi by reacting with their cells. trophon’s intelligent control unit enables sensors to monitor temperature, mist volume and flow rates throughout the process, all within the closed device.
No external user intervention is required. As everything happens inside trophon. There is no manual soaking or mixing of chemicals.
trophon minimises exposure to nasty fumes. We are proud to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Permissible Exposure Limits. EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits.
trophon generates environmentally friendly by-products (primarily water and oxygen) for safe and easy disposal.
- Patented system breaks down the NanoNebulant® sonicated hydrogen peroxide mist into oxygen and water
- NanoNebulant cartridges are recyclable and can be disposed of in standard waste receptacles
- More than 70% of trophon components are recyclable
- Small discharge tray for easy disposal of water and oxygen by-products
trophon streamlines set-up, workflow and has extensive probe compatibility – reduces cost
The best technology in the world isn’t much use if it is difficult to install, set up and maintain.
trophon’s compact, self-contained design allows HLD to be conducted just about anywhere you need it. There’s no complex installation and no plumbing to a water supply required. Just plug it in and trophon is ready to go. It’s that easy.
trophon can be installed easily in a wide range of locations, including at Point of Care.
- Compact size – fits in examination rooms
- No need for sink or plumbing which saves costs
- Three installation options: wall, bench, or cart mount
- May eliminate the need for special ventilation
- No open chemicals that could spill
trophon streamlines practice workflows to maximise patient throughput and cost effectiveness.
- Simplified workflows for faster turnaround without sacrificing safety, compliance or effectiveness
- Automated closed disinfectant system
- Compact size with a plug and play design to fit workflow
- Best practice for Point Of Care workflow
- Less time putting on/changing PPE
trophon’s closed automated system streamlines practice workflows to maximize patient throughput and cost effectiveness.
Other high level disinfection methods involve manual, time-consuming processes which can be challenging for staff. Extensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required, dedicated reprocessing areas with plumbing and special ventilation are needed. Probes are required to be transported between areas, increasing the risk of damage. These manual processes take time and enhance the opportunity for error. There are the associated health risks for staff, with chemical exposure a concern. As well as environmental considerations regarding the disposal of toxic chemicals used in a soaking process.
With trophon it’s easy. Simple workflows allow for faster turnaround without sacrificing safety, compliance or effectiveness.
Validated for use with more than 1,000 surface and intracavitary ultrasound probes across all major manufacturers.
- Extensive probe compatibility testing with OEM final approval
- trophon preserves the life of your valuable ultrasound probes as there is no exposure to harsh chemicals or UV light during HLD
- Easy to check if your probe is compatible for use with trophon
trophon makes ultrasound probe disinfection automated, consistent and fast – increases compliance
Powerful technology doesn’t need to be complex. In fact the best technology should take care of the hard tasks so you don’t have to. trophon is simple to operate and with minimal training, new staff members can be delivering consistent HLD of your ultrasound probes with confidence. trophon’s comprehensive but simple traceability system ensures all of your reprocessing activities are documented – ensuring you’ll always be audit ready.
trophon is a fully automated system that is simple to operate and requires minimal training or intervention during operation. The following guidelines recommend automated ultrasound probe reprocessing over manual methods: Guidance for Decontamination of Semi-Critical Ultrasound Probes issued by Health Protection Scotland and Health Facilities Scotland; HSE Guidance of Semi-Critical Ultrasound Probes; Semi-invasive and Non-invasive Probes issued by Ireland’s Health Service Executive and the NHS Wales WHTM 01.06 series guidelines which include guidance on ultrasound probes. 4
- Display screen provides simple operation steps
- Start button allows one touch operation for a simplified HLD process so staff can concentrate on what they are trained to do
- Auto cycle validation by sensors reduces the risk of human error in reprocessing and interpreting HLD results
- Chemical Indicator eliminates manual MRC testing
- Study showed that trophon is an efficient and easy disinfection process and adoption of the technology led to a higher satisfaction among ultrasound technologists3
“As the clinical educator for a multi-site clinic system, I am continually looking for ways to improve work flow, reduce potential exposures to our staff of sonographers, and upgrade our disinfection process in the interest of providing the best patient care. The trophon EPR is ground-breaking, and gives an ultrasound department its first technology-driven disinfection process.”Candace Goldstein, Sonographer Educator, Scripps Clinic (part of Scripps Health), San Diego, CA. USA
trophon delivers consistent, HLD to maximise compliance with guidelines and accreditation standards.
- An automated process ensures consistent HLD every cycle
- Each HLD cycle is monitored by sophisticated trophon sensor technology and the Chemical Indicator for accuracy
- Critical process parameters checked and achieved for each HLD cycle
- Complies with leading healthcare recommendations
- Optional traceability system helps you meet audit and accreditation requirements
With the press of a button, trophon delivers HLD of both the ultrasound probe and handle.
- Simple workflows for quicker turnaround without sacrificing safety, compliance or effectiveness
- 7-minute automated cycle
- Innovative and fast-acting sonically activated hydrogen peroxide mist delivers HLD
- Disinfection of both handle and probe in one step
- No time wasted with extra PPE and/or probe transport
- Point of Care placement simplifies workflows even further so there is “net active time”
“An analysis at the Oschner Clinic showed that the fast 7 minute point-of-care-disinfection process of the trophon EPR saved 18 minutes per ultrasound probe disinfection, or 7.5 hours per week when compared to glutaraldehyde soaking. The researchers also found that the trophon EPR was more cost-effective than glutaraldehyde soaking if just 1.5 extra examinations were performed within the additional 7.5 hours of time saved each week.”Johnson et al., Evaluation of a Hydrogen Peroxide-Based System for High-Level Disinfection of Vaginal Ultrasound Probes, Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, 32:1799-804, 2013.
2. Vickery K, et al. Evaluation of an automated high-level disinfection technology for ultrasound transducers. J Infect Public Health (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2013.09.008
3. trophon EPR is 510(k) cleared. Johnson et al., Evaluation of a Hydrogen Peroxide-Based System for High-Level Disinfection of Vaginal Ultrasound Probes, Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, 32:1799-804, 2013.
4. Rutala W., et. al, Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008, Centers of Disease Control, 1-158, 2008.