Preventive Maintenance of a Ventilator
Ventilators or respirators are devices used to assist patients in ventilating their lungs. There are many things to be done for a ventilator during a Preventive Maintainance check-up, most manufacturers recommend that a PM to be applied every 3 months of use, during which you will be prompted to do some or all of the following:
- Inspect for any physical damage that might indicate mechanical damage or an abrupt mechanical damage.
- Run a full performance check, where you will check all modes of operation of the ventilator
- Change the air intake filter.
- Verify that all audible and visual alarms are working properly.
- Inspect labels.
- If there is a cooling fan filter then it is recommended to be inspected and cleaned every month (if you are in a dusty area you might want to clean it more often).
- Some ventilators have an option to self-calibrate their oxygen sensor. This needs to be done often. (daily or as needed)
- If the ventilator has a collector vial then it needs to be cleaned and disinfected, in most cases, the collector vial can be sent to the autoclave to disinfect it. (daily or as needed)
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