5 Tips For Cleaning Your Medical Scale
Precision medical scales require precise and ongoing cleaning to ensure safety, reliability and the longevity of the device. Here are some tips to ensure your medical precision scale is regularly sanitized.
1. Share cleaning procedures with your employees
If your medical scale is in a public office or clinic environment, you should have a printed-out cleaning protocol for all staff to follow. The document should contain the following information:
- What should be cleaned?
- How often should it be cleaned?
- Who will clean the equipment?
- The method of cleaning
- What chemicals or products to be used?
Posting these protocols in a public space and informing all staff of the procedures required will help keep everyone safe.
2. Sanitize the equipment after its used
Medical scales should be cleaned after every use. Waiting could lead to contaminants drying on the surface, thereby making it more difficult to clean. Viruses and bacteria can live up to three days on a plastic or steel surface so vigilant cleanings are paramount.
Before you start cleaning, make sure to unplug your medical scale. You can then remove any powder with a dry tissue. Make sure to never blow materials on your scale as this could lodge debris inside the scale housing. Once all dust is removed, use a damp cloth and mild solvent to clean it. Remember to wipe away from the cone opening where the pan rests as well as the air ducts.
3. Be careful with water and liquids
Water can damage delicate electrical and digital systems, and liquids entering the scale housing can cause the device to malfunction. Be careful not to apply solvents directly to the scale. Instead, dab them onto a cloth or use anti-bacterial wipes.
4. Exercise caution when handling your scale
Medical scales are precision instruments and precautions should be taken when cleaning them. Avoid:
- Putting too much pressure on the balance pan; this can damage the load cells
- Lifting the scale and shaking it to loosen debris
- Dropping the scale or handling it roughly
- Moving, carrying or tilting the scale to clean it
In addition, using harsh chemicals can seriously damage the scale’s components. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations when selecting a solvent.
Medical Scales in Alberta
If you have questions about how to maintain your medical scale, we can help. The technicians at Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. have a combined 40 years of experience maintaining and repairing all types of scales in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer,Swift Current and the surrounding areas. We’re accredited with Measurement Canada and have a reputation for excellence. Contact us today to learn more about our medical scales and services.