Ultrasound machine is one the most useful and versatile types of medical equipment. Using high frequency inaudible sound waves delivered by means of ultrasound probes, the ultrasound machine can be used to monitor pregnancy, diagnose diseases, detect abnormalities and other normal functions.
Therefore, you should take good care of your ultrasound probes for them to last for long and maintain their effectiveness for a long time. Below are some of the ways of maintaining Ultrasound probes.
Clean and disinfect probes correctly
The safety of your patients is very important. Therefore, you should clean and disinfect the probes every time you use them. Alcohol is the most common disinfectant used but not all probes are alcohol friendly. Before you start cleaning the unit, read the manufacturers’ instructions. Though, you should disinfect the probes after every use, be careful not to over disinfect them as doing so can damage the probe tip or lens. This may lead to poor quality images and diagnosis errors.
Regularly inspect the ultrasound probes
Similar to any other equipment, probes tend to wear out with time. Worn out probes may have damaged corners, scratches, holes, and cracks that allow disinfectants and other fluids to penetrate the probe thus limiting its effectiveness. To avoid getting caught by surprise when your probe fails, regularly inspect the probes for any problems. If there are any problems, contact a professional. The probe repair will replace the faulty parts.
The most attractive feature of ultrasound probes is that they are small in size and very portable thus you can easily move with them from one place to another. When on the move, you have to pack and unpack them. Due to frequent packing and unpacking, the ultrasound probes can easily get damaged due to poor storage. To avoid this, have a soft padded area to keep them when not in use. Also, ensure that you store them when they are not bent, pinched and in a place, they cannot be run over.
For probes to give you great service for long ensure that you buy them from a reputable store and take them to an expert such as a GE ultrasound repair – if you need any repairs