Maintaining Your Patient Monitor For Optimum Performance
Maintaining Optimum Patient Monitor Performance
Operating a surgery center, O.R. or hospital is not only an investment of money but also an investment in time and energy spent maintaining the facility. Each piece of medical equipment equipment requires maintenance that is important to ensure the proper use and handling of each system.
Without this maintenance, the equipment is bound to fail and thus, the facility will not provide a return on its investment in an efficient manner.
One of the most important pieces of operating room equipment is the patient monitor. These monitors assist doctors and nurses in observing and tracking the patient’s vital signs before, during and after an operation. A properly working patient monitor is vital and therefore, certain steps should be taken to sustain the machine’s condition.
Several times a month it is important to take these 5 quick and simple steps to help keep up your patient monitor or monitors. Taking these 5 steps will ensure that your equipment will work properly, stay clean and free of debris and most importantly, last longer.
5 Steps To Maintain Optimum Patient Monitor Performance
Check & clean the filter
Checking the filter of your patient monitor is important because the build up of debris, dust or other particles could damage and drastically shorten the life of the monitor. Cleaning the filter weekly is necessary to ensure it is free of debris.
Wipe the monitor
Wiping the monitor down weekly will further ensure that the equipment is clean and free of dust or debris which could work its way into the machine.
Check the water traps
The monitor’s water traps need to be checked and emptied frequently and after each and every surgical procedure. An overfull water trap could ruin the patient monitor.
Calibrate per manufacturer’s specifications
Having your patient monitor calibrated is vital to the life of the monitor. You will need a certified technician to calibrate your machine for you. To find a certified technician, please click here.
Have preventative maintenance performed
Having preventative maintenance performed on your machine is not only wise but also necessary for the life of your machine. Preventative maintenance ensures that your machine is in correct working condition and that it doesn’t have any foreseeable problems present.
Making sure the proper care is taken to keep your equipment working and looking like new is easy and important and will increase the lifespan of your investment by years.
If you have more questions concerning the care and upkeep of your operating room equipment or need to find a qualified professional to perform preventative maintenance, please call Heartland Medical today. 866-467-5580
Brad Rumph is the President of Heartland Medical Sales and Services LLC. Together with his investment partners, he established Heartland Medical in 1998, after working for a medical equipment distributor for several years, taking on the roles of Anesthesia System Specialist, a Director of Technical Sales, and finally the Vice President.
He went on to earn a number of certifications connected with medical equipment, such as Medical Gas Maintenance Personnel. Additionally, he successfully completed several courses which required passing a final exam, including IPMM/SCR seminar, technical service basic and advanced seminars, Fabius GS seminar, Narkomed Mobile, and so on. He has also successfully gained the NAD Service Classification of Senior Technical Representative.