iStock_ChecklistMedical professionals must be sure that all lifesaving equipment is operational when needed. You have protocols that dictate equipment inspections and checks. Some checks must be done at the beginning of each shift, and some must be scheduled on a less frequent basis. But your patients and your agency are counting on you to make sure that your equipment is functional at the critical time.


What tests are appropriate for portable emergency suction?

Daily test for portable emergency suction devices:

1.  Make sure the device is fully charged (Plug it in to charge for at least 8 hours          before testing)
2.  To begin the test, unplug the device from the external power source and turn          the device on
3.  Connect the test gauge from your Aspirator Test Kit to the patient port of the          canister making certain that all canister ports are closed and all connections          are secure
4.  With the regulator at full power, the test gauge should reach 300 mmHg within        three seconds
5.  Allow negative pressure to continue to climb. Maximum negative pressure              should exceed 500 mmHg
6.  Turn the device off and reconnect device to charging source
7.  If the device fails any of the above, contact a trained biomedical engineer or            the manufacturer of your portable emergency suction device

 

Periodic (Weekly, Semi Weekly or Monthly - depending on your situation and protocols) test for portable emergency suction devices.

 

This test gives you an indication of the health of your battery that is installed in your device. A true battery test requires a sophisticated and expensive test device and it is unlikely that you have such a device available. The following is a crude but practical test. If you have need of a more sophisticated test, or suspect that you have a battery problem, you will want to contact a trained biomedical engineer or the manufacturer of your suction device:

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1.  Make sure the device is fully charged (Plug it in to charge for at least 8 hours          before testing)
2.  Turn the device on and allow the device to continue to run for 15 minutes. (Be        certain the device is not plugged into an external power source)
3.  After 15 minutes, connect a test gauge to the patient port of the canister                  making certain that all canister ports are closed and all connections are secure
4.  With the regulator at full power, the test gauge should reach 300 mmHg within        three seconds
5.  Allow negative pressure to continue to climb. Maximum negative pressure              should exceed 500 mmHg
6.  Listen to the pump run. It should still be running strong and sound just as it           did when you first turned it on
7.  Turn the device off and recharge the device before returning it to service
8.  If the device fails any of the above, contact a trained biomedical engineer or            the manufacturer of your portable emergency suction device

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us

 

 

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