As medical professionals, we all know the importance of keeping equipment in good condition. It ensures the safety and welfare of patients, reduces stress on healthcare providers, and reduces wasted resources.
Medical warming cabinets require regular attention. These cabinets safely warm fluids, solutions, and blankets. However, they require preventative maintenance to operate properly.
Keeping the cabinet clean can extend its lifespan. Clean glassware within the cabinets prevents the growth of bacteria and the accumulation of dust and debris that impacts the effectiveness of the heating and cooling mechanisms. Cleaning should include thoroughly dusting the cabinet, wiping the interior with a disinfectant, and cleaning the exterior with a mild soap and water solution.
Temperature calibration helps the warming cabinet regulate the internal temperature. Any variance in temperature can cause the cabinet’s contents to overheat or cool. The calibration process involves checking the temperature of the warming cabinet using a temperature probe. If you notice variances or discrepancies, replace or repair the cabinet’s thermostat.
Checking humidity levels in the warming cabinet is a preventative maintenance task related to temperature calibration. Excessive humidity causes rust and corrosion on the interior surfaces, which can lead to equipment failure. Humidity also impacts the cabinet’s temperature regulation efficiency. Ideally, you should keep cabinet humidity at 85 percent. If the cabinet cannot maintain this humidity level, it may need repairs.
Fan and Exhaust Maintenance
The cabinet’s fan and exhaust system maintain temperature and humidity in the cabinet. Regular cleaning and maintenance of the fan and exhaust systems ensure their effectiveness by clearing obstructions that may interfere with airflow. Do this before replacing temperature calibration or humidity control features; a dirty fan or exhaust system may be the cause of temperature or humidity problems.
Medical warming cabinet preventative maintenance is critical for patient safety. If you need new hospital fluid warmers, Future Health Concepts offers high-quality cabinets in various sizes so you can find exactly what you need for your medical facility.