Maintaining SpO2 Sensors

To get optimal performance and lifespan from SpO2 Sensors, following these simple tips

• Clean all sensors after every monitoring event

• To clean the sensor, gently apply a mild detergent and warm water mixture, or (10-to-1) water-to-bleach mixture to a piece of gauze and clean the sensor with the gauze pad

     *Tip: Never directly apply spray or immerse your sensor in water or solvent

• Do not use abrasive cleaning agents or items that would scratch the sensor or detector surfaces. Using Roccal,  Ammonium Chloride or dilute Clorohexadine can erode and/or damage the sensor housing and the detector surface, subjecting it to fluid or moisture intrusion, causing permanent sensor damage

• After cleaning, dry all sensor surfaces with a dry, soft cloth to eliminate water or detergent spots

• Never sterilize your SpO2 sensor in an autoclave or sterilizer

• For rectal sensors, use a soft brush to remove any debris lodged next to receptor

• When a monitoring event is concluded, unclip/remove the sensor from the patient by grasping the sensor. Never pull the sensor with the cord. Before flipping a patient, unclip or remove the sensor from the sample site to reduce cord twisting damage. This will extend the lifespan of the sensor

• When storing an SpO2 sensor, loosely coil the cord to avoid bending the delicate wires within. Avoid stacking any items on top of a sensor                                            

     *Tip: Mount hooks near the monitor and drape the cords over the hook to prevent winding and stacking cords

Keeping SpO2 sensors clean and properly stored will extend the sensor's working life and result in more accurate diagnostic results

For best medical practice, to attain optimal signal acquisition and to protect patients' lives, it is recommended that all sensors and cables be replaced every six months.

For more information regarding SpO2 sensor placement, cleaning and storage, call Leading Edge Customer Service. 1-877-897-5577