Guide On How To Take Care Of Ultrasound Probes
If you have ultrasound probes you should take good care of them for them to last for long and maintain their effectiveness for a long time. To help you out here are some of the ways of taking good care of the units:
Disinfect them properly
For your safety and that of your patients you should disinfect the ultrasound probes after every use. Before cleaning the units take your time to read the manufacturers’ instructions. The most common product used in disinfecting the units is alcohol but not all units are alcohol friendly. You should carefully go through the instructions and use the products recommended y the manufacturer. While you should disinfect the probes after every use, be cautious that you don’t over-disinfect them as doing so can damage the probe tip or lens. Experts have also shown that over-disinfection mars the crystals in the array. This results to poor quality images. You also tend to have diagnosis errors.
Regularly inspect the ultrasound probes
Just like any other units, the probes tend to slowly wear out. Worn corners, cracks, holes, and nicks allow fluids, disinfectants and other fluids to infiltrate the probe thus compromising its effectiveness. To avoid getting caught by surprise when your probe fails, regularly inspect the probes for any problems. You should start inspecting the interface board for any bent or broken pins that can cause damage to plugged in transducer. If the board is clean, go to the transducer connector and inspect it for bent or broken pins. If there are any problems, contact a professional to come and replace the faulty parts.
The best way of picking the problems is visually inspecting the probes. You should have a schedule and maintain well-documented notes.
Watch how you store the probes
The most attractive thing about ultrasound probes is that they are small and mobile thus you can easily move with them from one place to another. When moving, you have to pack and unpack them. Due to regular packing and unpacking, the probes can easily fall from their storage thus getting damaged. To avoid this from happening have a cushioned area to store them. Also, ensure that you place them in an area where they can’t be bent, pinched or run over.
These are tips on how to take good care of your ultrasound probes. For the units to give you great service for long ensure that you buy them from a reputable store.