1. READ THE USER MANUAL FOR GUIDELINES
Every machine will come with an operator/user guide, so take the time to read it. Even if you have experience operating ultrasound machines—maybe even that specific model—read it anyway. There is a wealth of information in there that will tell you how to clean, maintain, and operate the machine so it lasts a long time.
2. USE THE MACHINE PROPERLY
Correct use of the machine will help keep it in good condition and avoid many problems. Untrained or improper usage can damage vital systems and reduce the machine’s efficiency. Don’t pull on the cords and cables improperly; always grab them as close to the connection as possible. Avoid rolling over the chords and cables as this pinches and can break the wires inside.
3. CLEAN THE MACHINE DAILY
Ultrasound machines and their related peripherals and systems need regular cleaning for optimal performance. Be sure to wipe the machine down for dust at the end of each shift. It doesn’t take long for dust to accumulate and make its way into the vital components of the machine and cause problems. The transducers usually have a recommended cleaning and/or disinfecting procedure. Because they come in contact with patients, it is very important they are cleaned thoroughly and daily.
4. GIVE THE TRANSDUCER EXTRA ATTENTION
As mentioned above, the transducer comes into contact with patients, so it is very important to keep it clean and maintained. Then, check the cable connection to make sure there are no frayed ends or exposed wires. The chance of electrocution is small, but don’t take any chances.
5. DISINFECTION IS VERY IMPORTANT
If any part of the machine comes into contact with any fluids, wipe it down immediately with only OEM-approved cleaners. This is especially important for the user interface systems and monitor. Those are areas that the technician will touch daily, so eliminate any chance of contracting an infectious disease and follow all procedures related to cleaning biological spills.