Pulse oximeter sensors non-invasively monitor arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate. They may be used in all hospital departments, including, ED, PACU/OR, patient care and specialty areas and in surgery centers.
Decontamination and cleaning:
- Reprocessed pulse oximeter sensors are initially inspected for visible damage such as exposed wires or cosmetic blemishes
- Any device that does not meet Stryker’s strict quality standards is rejected
- Cords and plugs are wiped down with medical grade cleaners and disinfectants
- The tape covering sensors and patient contact surfaces is removed and replaced with medical grade adhesive tape
Performance testing and inspection:
- A simulator is used to test every pulse oximeter sensor for electrical continuity, signal output (LED) and reception of transmitted signal (Photo Detector)
- If applicable, devices with alarm recording capability are electronically altered to prevent data from being read/written during the device’s next clinical use
- Every pulse oximeter is inspected throughout various steps of the production process for presence of debris, contamination, staining and overall device integrity
- Routine quality control audits are completed to ensure process integrity
- Reports are provided to senior management for operating line performance and control
- Additionally, finished product performance attributes including cleaning end points are routinely subjected to random sampling and testing
Pulse oximeter sensors should be collected in designated wall, 1, 2 or 4-gallon collection containers placed throughout the hospital, often found in soiled utility rooms.
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