Annual maintenance is mandatory on anesthesia equipment to be in compliance with Federal/State Statutes and some 3rd Party Medical Examining Boards. Anesthesia machines use oxygen in combination with a 'halogenated gas' to give a controlled inhaled sedation to a patient. While the sources of oxygen (generator, pipeline, e-tank), type of vaporizer drug (SEVO, ISO, Halothane), scavenge system (passive, fan, pump), and delivery apparatus (rebreather, non-rebreather, rodet research) may vary. All anesthesia machines will perform these same system functions as a part of compliance. Certification of compliance consists of 4 main protocols: maintenance procedures, system functions check, leak/pressure test, and vaporizer validation test. Anesthesia machines typically require a 'a manufacture maintenance kit' with small routine replacement parts like O-rings/gaskets during annual services however additional parts may be needed. The vaporizer also needs certification along with the machine as one will not work correctly without the other. With a Riken FI-8000P, Isoflurane or Sevoflurane can be measured at current calibration output to meet these strict certificate requirements. Often times, these vaporizers will last for years beyond refurbishment and can still be maintained and certified. After replacing maintenance parts and verifying calibration, the machine should hold pressure and deliver the correct anesthetic rates. This service also includes a complete machine teardown and thorough cleaning, replacement of worn hose/tubing/domes if needed, and leak/pressure test to ensure anesthetic agent is being delivered to the patient and scavenged correctly, and not leaking into the environment and staff. Certification on anesthesia machines will verify complete system functionality, current vaporizer anesthetic calibration output, and GUARANTEE approval by inspection agency (pending recommended repairs are completed). See our 'Gallery of Service' for a visual understanding of service and maintenance on equipment and for more detail, please review the 'Anesthesia Certification/Repairs' information.
- Maintenance Procedures - Physical inspection, Complete machine tear-down, Cleaning (removal of mold, hair, debris, etc.) ready for surgical use, Replace parts as needed with the 'manufacturer's maintenance kit' (O-rings/gaskets), Intermittent maintenance, Check-up after a year of 'wear and tear.'
- System Functions Check - Verification that all machine components are functional. (Flowmeter, Pop-Off, Non-Rebreather, Flush, Scavenging System, Wheels, etc.) and a review if ancillary enhancements may be needed (Occlusion Valve, Manometers, Quick Connects, etc.), and staff training,
- Leak/Pressure Test - Eliminate any leaks from oxygen fitting sources, anesthetic delivery components, and scavenging systems. Oxygen and Anesthetic agent only being delivered to patient and not leaking to the environment and staff, verification that Waste Anesthetic Gas (WAG) is being scavenged
- Vaporizer Validation Test - With a Riken Agent Monitor, current Vaporizer Calibration Output of Isoflurane or Sevoflurane can be digitally analyzed and verified to ensure correct concentration as indicated on the dial are accurately being delivered at the 'on-site' location