When using a blood centrifuge, there is always the risk of it getting stained by blood samples. Since spillage might cause contamination, it is crucial that a blood centrifuge is always clean and disinfected. Also, since centrifuges are used to obtain samples from different patients, contamination might result in the wrong test results and can affect the diagnosis.
How to Properly Maintain a Blood Centrifuge
It is crucial for a blood centrifuge to be maintained accordingly to ensure quality performance. Below are some of the ways you can maintain a blood centrifuge.
- Ensure the blood centrifuge is lubricated properly. Lubrication can help the rotor to move smoothly at different speeds. Likewise, lubrication can help prevent the centrifuge motor from rusting when exposed to moist and other environmental conditions.
- Make sure all the users know how to operate the blood centrifuge. It is important that all the users of the blood centrifuge are properly oriented before they are allowed to use the device. This is vital so they can avoid any mistakes when using it or changing any of its parameters.
- Ensure you inspect the device’s critical components for wear and tear. It is also ideal that the rotor is checked for all signs of possible damage. You need to also check if the tube containers are not worn out yet. Do the same thing on the centrifuge motor. This is especially important if you notice any buzzing sounds or shaking when the device is in use.
- Make sure you are aware of the various types of samples that are placed in the centrifuge. It is common for a centrifuge to handle different types of samples.
How to Clean the Blood Centrifuge
It is recommended that the centrifuge is cleaned after every use. This can help ensure the unit stays clean and free from contamination and ready for the next use. Keep the following in mind when cleaning a blood centrifuge:
- Use non-corrosive cleaning solutions
- Ensure the device is cleaned after every use
- Ensure the device is cleaned daily even when not used
- Make sure everyone who uses the blood centrifuge is aware of the different samples use and how the unit should be cleaned after possible spillage