Preventive Maintenance  SafeTEE

If thousands of your medical devices are protected under a Preventive Maintenance plan, why aren’t your TEE probes?

  • Typically, TEE probes are omitted from PM programs as OEM’s recommend replacement based on failing user inspection
  • Pass/fail criteria is often left up to the individual end-user, not someone with a solid knowledge of the product’s specifications
  • TEE probes are Class-2 medical devices and are considered high-risk equipment by The Joint Commission’s Environment of Care standards as they “pose a risk of serious injury or death to a patient if they fail”.  The correct preventive maintenance program can help identify any issues that could lead to a failure.

Preventive Maintenance

Without SafeTEE preventive maintenance, you could be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year replacing your TEE inventory. Consider:

  • TEE probes, on average can have a lifecycle of 12-18 months depending upon usage

  • Each replacement costs, on average, $20,000 or more

  • TEE PM's can extend the life of each probe and elevate your ROI

  • Budget SafeTEE

  • Probe SafeTEE

  • Patient SafeTEE

Points of Wear

Preventive Maintenance Worn bending rubber
  • Bending rubbers become more-brittle with every use and disinfection cycle making them more prone to perforate when encountering a sharp object

  • The adhesive glue beads can separate from the distal tip and insertion tube over time permitting gross fluid invasion

  • Over 60% of TEE probes present with gross fluid invasion, which makes it the leading cause of costly catastrophic failures
Preventive Maintenance Worn Lens Seals
  • The seal surrounding the acoustic lens on 3D TEE probes can wear and degrade over time with continued exposure to chemical disinfectants

  • Not addressing open seals may allow cross-contamination and gross fluid invasion

  • Gross fluid invasion can lead to severe catastrophic damage, some of which may not be repairable

Preventive Maintenance Articulation
  • Over time, the internal cables that control articulation will stretch and fray

  • Eventually the range of motion becomes reduced, leading users to exert greater force on the control knobs

  • Eventually, the articulation cables break from continued stress

  • Knowing that the articulation components are a point of wear, is this not a candidate for preventive maintenance?

We are excited to introduce SafeTEE, our exclusive TEE Preventive Maintenance Program!  

SafeTEE has been built around nearly 40 years of data from proprietary research and after repairing more than 40,000 TEE probes

We've acquired extensive knowledge and developed proven processes for identifying points of wear, modes of failure, and model-specific characteristics and timelines in which anticipated damage most often occurs

Our analysis has helped to identify failure rates across makes and models, timelines for replacing parts before they start to fail, and best practices for sustainable repairs that extend the life of each device

Our Proprietary 4-Step Plan For Success

It all starts with adding your TEE probes to your facility's PM program. When the time is right, allow us to...

  • Address points of wear at a low cost to minimize opportunities for catastrophic failures

  • Supply full diagnostic report to compare your probe’s physical condition, performance, and safety to that of a new probe

  • Fast turn-around backed by Innovatus' RapidRepair™ program (Learn more here)

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TEE probe in need of repair?
Here's how our approach to repair differs from others

TEE probes are mission critical for cardiology departments and operating rooms. Rather than using a one-size-fits-all technique, we diagnose the problem and disassemble each TEE to identify and rectify damage often missed by other repair processes. We then repair or replace the damaged components to ensure maximum longevity, safety and optimal diagnostic outcomes.

  • Advanced capabilities on the Philips X8-2t, X7-2t, and GE 6VT-D
  • Full disassembly and replacement of damaged components
  • Repair or replacement of the acoustic array on select models
  • Replacement of sub-miniature electro-mechanical components
  • Repair or replacement of cables and wiring

Learn more about probe repair here