6. Remove the distal tip and flexible shaft from the disinfectant and thoroughly rinse with water according to the instructions from the disinfectant manufacturer.
7. Check the transducer for any residual organic material. If any is present, remove it and disinfect the transducer again.
8. Gently dry the distal tip and flexible shaft with a sterile cloth or pad, or allow it to air dry.
9. Lightly wipe only the steering mechanism and handle with a pad moistened with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol), or use approved cleaners as directed on the handle and steering mechanism.
10. Use a soft cloth lightly dampened in a mild soap or detergent solution to clean the cable, the strain reliefs, and the connector. A soft-bristled brush can be used to clean only the metal surfaces of the connector.
11. Choose the disinfection solution compatible with your cable and connector. For a list of compatible disinfectants, see Choosing Disinfectants and Cleaning Solutions. Follow the label instructions for preparation and solution strength. If a pre-mixed solution is used, be sure to observe the solution expiration date.
12. Wipe or spray the cable, strain relief, and connector with the disinfectant, following disinfectant label instructions for wipe durations, solution strengths, and duration of disinfectant contact with the cable. Ensure that the solution strength and duration of contact are appropriate for the intended clinical use of the device. Ensure that the disinfectant solution does not enter the device.
13. Hang the transducer on a wall-mounted rack, and let it air dry.
14. Examine the transducer for damage, such as cracks, splitting, fluid leaks, or sharp edges or projections. If damage is evident, discontinue use of the transducer and contact your Philips representative.