To the Editor:—
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a standard monitoring convention for many patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Although several practice guidelines on TEE use have been issued, they provide only brief comments on the actual use of the device in the operating room. For example, the handle of the probe is large and heavy. If rested on the TEE console, it sometimes hides the video screen and can slip off easily and fall to the floor.
We found a simple device for holding the handle. We use the holder of a hollow fiber hemodialysis filter (fig. 1).
The dialysis filter is approximately the same size as the handle of the adult-size TEE. Therefore, we can attach the handle of the TEE to the holder and detach it easily for manipulation. We also can change freely the direction of the handle, depending on the patient’s position. The cost is minimal.