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Gross looking sensor

We have a DEXIS digital sensor for X-rays and when we use it we use a plastic sheath. After we’re done we remove the sheath and wipe down the sensor/ cord with a hospital disinfectant foam on a 2×2. Anyway the sensor is getting SO much build up it looks gross. The DEXIS Co said not to use a Cavi wipe and a different rep said the sheath is enough. What do you guys do/use?



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Buy the wipes. We were told not to use the gauze with disinfectant on an Intra oral camera because it would take the paint off the plastic and we were like yeah right whatever…….sure enough it did take the paint off and looked terrible. We had to send camera in an have repaired and from that point on used wipes and never an issue again. There have many studies on gauze and disinfectants with soaking in it and freshly applied. The gauze breaks down the disinfectant.

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Using any disinfectant with 2X2 or 4X4 gauze is very bad. The gauze will break the chemical compounds down and make the disinfectant not work correctly. We use gendex sensor and was told to use the scican brand of disinfectant. I would check to see if you can wash the sensor with warm soapy water to remove the residual cleaners off and then start using the scican. I was also told to use the same disinfectant on my surgitel loupes. It does not contain alcohol.

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In reality you do not need to be wiping the sensor because that’s why you barrier it. Just wipe the cord that you touch with contaminated gloves. Barriers keep you from having to disinfect what it is covering unless you contaminate it when removing the barrier.

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I don’t understand how gauze is bad? The 2×2 breaks down the disinfectant in a second? Then what do you use to wipe with the scican disinfectant? I’ll have to look into that disinifectant- thanks!

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