Taking Care of an Ill Loved One

Two Maintenance Tips For Your Ultrasound Machine

Ultrasounds have become a routine part of almost every pregnancy, and it is no secret that these are highly complex and expensive machines. Unfortunately, some clinics may not follow the best maintenance practices, and this can significantly reduce the lifespan of the system. Luckily, there are a couple of tips you can follow that will help your ultrasound equipment avoid some common issues. 

Monitor The Condition Of Any Visible Wires

An ultrasound machine has numerous external wires that are essential for the functioning of the machine. Unfortunately, these exposed wires can be more likely to suffer damage, and this can lead to major problems with the device. In addition to causing the machine to malfunction, frayed wiring can cause powerful electrical surges that may damage the sensitive internal components of your system. 

To avoid this type of damage, you should have the wires inspected on a weekly basis, and you should also keep extra wiring in stock at all times. During this inspection, you should look for any signs that the wiring is starting to wear down. Typically, fraying, discoloration and warping are the most common signs that your wiring should be replaced. 

Only Use Approved Sanitation Solutions On The Equipment

Cleanliness is a major concern for any medical care provider, and ultrasound machines must be sanitized multiple times over the course of a day. Sadly, some healthcare providers may not realize that the type of sanitizer they choose is a major choice. While it is true that choosing a low end sanitizer may save some money in the short term, it can lead to major problems down the road. 

Your ultrasound manufacturer provides a recommended cleaning solution based on the materials used to create the device. Using overly harsh cleaners can corrode the covers and electronic screens. While it is possible to replace or repair these devices, this can substantially increase the maintenance costs. If you are ever unable to locate these cleaning solutions locally, you can usually order them from your manufacturer, and many provide expedited delivery services. 

Providing ultrasound services requires having the right equipment and ample experience interpreting the results of these tools. Unfortunately, many of these providers do not realize that they may be unintentionally increasing the cost of owning their ultrasound machines. By making a couple of mistakes, you may be making your system far more likely to experience malfunctions. However, following these two tips can help your system avoid some of the most common issues encountered by these sophisticated medical tools.