5 Steps to better equipment maintenance

November 21, 2016

5 Steps to better equipment maintenance

Equipment that is taken care of lasts longer. It's as simple as that!

Here are some common pieces of equipment and tips on how you can get the most out of them

Hydrocollator: Check the temperature monthly. It should be between 150-160 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure bacteria is killed. A simple meat thermometer will work

Hot Packs are destroyed all the time because tanks are kept too cool.

If you must turn off your machine for any reason put your hot packs in the freezer to save them.

Treatment Tables: The biggest annoyance is cracking vinyl. You can extend the life of your vinyl significantly by 1) Never putting hot packs directly onto the vinyl. 2) Never use cleaners containing alcohol or ammonia 3) Use Armorol on the tables once a month to rehydrate the vinyl.

Shuttle: Lubricate your shuttle cords every second month. This will increase the lifespan of the cords from 1.5 years to 5! Shuttle cords are expensive, but with a little effort this cost can be avoided.

Electrotherapy Devices: Sometimes consistent use by therapists with longer finger nails will cause wear to happen over the buttons of your electrotherapy devices. When you see this happen call us immediately!. It is a very inexpensive fix, but if dirt and grime is allowed to enter the machine the fix becomes very expensive.

We'll send you a replacement screen overlay which is as simple as peeling off the old one, cleaning, and sticking on the new one.

Buy an Ohms Meter: Every clinic should have one of these devices. Use it to test your lead wires, and electrodes once every month. If you have a break in your lead wires it can result in your patient being zapped unexpectedly. Yikes!

Test your electrodes to make sure they are able to deliver the output that you expect them to. If they are not performing then you are not delivering the procedure you expected.

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