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Clint’s Equipment Maintenance Schedule

There are lots of things you and your team can do to keep your equipment working well.  I have included a list of just some of those things, and a link to a printable pdf document containing the same information.  Feel free to print this out to use a guide in your own office.  There may be other things your office needs to do if you have specialized equipment – an in-office CAD/CAM milling machine requires weekly maintenance for example – but the tasks below should be done in all offices.

Maintenance Checklist

Maintenance Checklist

 

Daily Maintenance

Operatories

Beginning of the Day

  • Fill the water bottles, using a waterline maintenance product
  • Flush water through the handpieces and air/water syringes

Between Patients

  • Disinfect the chair, stool, and unit
  • Clean, lubricate and sterilize the handpieces
  • Clean and lubricate prophy angles (if they are not disposable) and contra angles

End of Day

  • Remove and replace the saliva ejector screen
  • Remove and replace the chairside vacuum solids trap
  • Clean the nitrous system rubber goods
  • Flush the vacuum lines in the operatories with suction cleanser
  • Flush air through tubings, air/water syringe and any connected items

Mechanical Room

End of Day

  • Shut off all systems (water solenoids, manual valves, vacuum pump, compressor, etc)

Lab and Sterilization

Beginning of the Day

  • Check the water level in the sterilizer, and add water if necessary

Weekly Maintenance

Operatories

  • Clean the handpiece fiber-optics
  • Check and replace o-rings and gaskets on couplers, handpieces, and valves

Mechanical Room

  • Remove and replace solids filter at the vacuum pump
  • Check the compressor oil level – it should be at ¾ – add oil if needed
  • Check the compressor dryness indicator – pink if moist, blue if dry

Lab and Sterilization

  • Clean the sterilization chamber using the manufacturer’s recommended cleanser
  • Clean the filter in the autoclave
  • Clean and oil the lab handpieces and engine

Monthly Maintenance

Lab and Sterilization

  • Replace and clean out the plaster trap
  • Clean the model trimmer

 

There are additional things to check and service on a quarterly or annual schedule, but those may vary depending on the office, and are often better completed by a trained service technician.  If you’d like a member of our service team to come out and help you come up with a plan to improve your maintenance system and schedule, fill out the info below and we will contact you to schedule a visit at no charge.

imageThis info was brought to you by Clint, everyone’s favorite Henry Schein employee….and since I didn’t get a picture of him yet, he is being represented by this ridiculous picture of Clint Howard.

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