Warning Signs Your Accessories Need To Be Replaced
Blood Pressure Cuffs: When the blood pressure cuff’s Velcro wears out, it is time for new ones. Taping the cuff will restrict airflow and cause inaccurate readings. If you receive consistent inflation errors it may be due to a leak in the cuff.
SpO2 Sensor: If the infrared light on the pulse ox sensor is intermittent, it means that the thin internal wires have frayed or are pulling apart at the junction; a precursor to complete sensor failure. Having a working spare SpO2 sensor will allow you to troubleshoot the parameter and eliminate the possibility the problem resides in the monitor itself. Refer to Tips and Tricks: “Maintaining Your SpO2 Sensors” for more information on cleaning and maintaining your SpO2 sensor.
ECG leads and clips: Green/black buildup on the clips can be a part of normal oxidation that should be regularly cleaned or it can mean that your staff is using Ultrasound gel (acoustic gel) rather than an electrode gel (conductive) to maintain good contact. Ultrasound gel will not only block the electrical signal, but it will also quickly degrade the clips.
EtCO2: The airway adapter to which the mainstream sensor is attached can become contaminated with secretions, water or by aerosolized medications. It is best to remove and replace the airway adapter once the build-up occurs. * Note: do not use alcohol to clean the airway adapter. Alcohol will ‘eat’ at the anti-fog chemical of the airway adapter
Tip #1: Examining your monitor, leads, sensors and cuffs on a regular basis as well as cleaning the accessories after each use will extend the life of your monitoring equipment.
Tip #2: Keep backup sensors, probes, cuffs and other accessories available. Having a working spare will not only allow you to troubleshoot a parameter to eliminate the possibility a problem resides within the monitor itself, but it will also help you avoid a situation where patient safety is compromised while awaiting a restocking order.
Call Leading Edge Customer Support for more information on proper cleaning techniques or to reorder additional accessories. 1-877-897-5577