How to Protect Your Medical Machine’s Display
Taking care of medical machine’s display shouldn't be just a responsibility, but a priority. Lots of equipment like the ultrasound machine is very complex and delicate and so often requires careful maintenance to enable them last longer and function properly at the same time.
The cleaning of hospital machine’s display is entirely different from the cleaning of other equipment in our homes. This is because hospital equipment is quite delicate and more cleanliness is required to prevent infections in the hospital.
We cannot use conventional cleaning materials and disinfectant like we use at home for hospital machines. You can't use the same wipe you use on the TV to clean the ultrasound machines. You have to look for special ultrasound wipes.
So, what’s on this post?
In this post, we are going to guide you on how to take care of your hospital equipment by giving you the best qualities to look out for when choosing a cleaning agent which can be a wipe or a disinfectant.
We believe that proper care of your machines will make them last longer. And we have through thorough research, gathered the most reliable information on hospital equipment maintenance and care for you to learn from and use in prolonging the life of your equipment.
How To Choose The Best Cleaning Wipes
You cannot clean your hospital equipment with clothes or rags - not even soft, damp clothes. Hospital machines are very delicate, and a little abrasiveness on the wrong surface can render such a machine useless. There are special wipes made for hospital devices. There are some wipes that are abrasive while some are non-abrasive.
Most abrasive wipes are good for cleaning rough surfaces and mainly in the bathroom and home use. These sorts of wipes do not come with disinfectants and you'll have to purchase one to use it.
Always throw away your abrasive wipes when the rough surface becomes soft as they will no longer be as useful as when they are new. Only use these types of abrasive wipes in the home, especially in cleaning kitchens and bathroom surfaces and never directly on hospital equipment.
Non-abrasive wipes are used for cleaning delicate surfaces. In choosing non-abrasive wipes, ensure that it is very soft and comes soaked with a disinfectant that can kill most bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
This is important when it comes to cleaning hospital equipment with sensitive surfaces like the ultrasound machine. Generally, when choosing a soft Non-Abrasive wipe, you should consider some of the following factors.
1. Will The Disinfectant React With The Surface?
Most soft wipes contain disinfectants that are made of chlorine, which is a very reactive element. When choosing a soft wipe, it is essential that you get to know what the disinfectant is and determine if it reacts with the surface you are about to use it on.
2. How Long Before The Disinfectant Dries?
Good disinfectant should dry immediately after a wipe. Always check the wiped surface to ensure that it is spotless and dry before you use.
4. Is It Skin-Friendly?
While you may not use it to clean your body, you will definitely hold it in your hands to clean the surface. Choose a good wipe that contains skin-friendly disinfectant so that you don't end up with sore hands
5. How Many Pathogens Does It Kill?
To prevent cross-contamination between patients, a good wipe should be effective against a wide range of disease-causing pathogens
6. Ease of Use
When choosing a soft wipe, you should consider its ease of use. It wouldn't be ideal for you to screw a lid before you access your wipe and at the same, it'll be totally a waste of money to get a wipe that dries quickly because the lid is not properly screwed.
A wipe with a good covering that's easy to access is ideal. Wipes in soft packs are great, but avoid the ones in canisters as they are generally harder to access.
Tips for Wiping Hospital Equipment with Wipes
Only use wipes that are soft on delicate surfaces.
When cleaning a surface use only one direction movement. Avoid moving wipes back and front.
Soft wipes like the ultrasound probe cleaning wipes should be used only once.
Hard wipes should be dipped in disinfectant before they are used.
Always wash your hands after using a wipe.
Your hospital machine’s display is quite delicate and requires careful maintenance for them to last longer. You cannot use just any piece of cloth and water to wipe them - they won't be cleaned. Use wipes that contain disinfectants that are effective against a wide range of disease-causing pathogens.