Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Care for Your Phaco Handpieces

While the phacoemulsification machine is the heart of cataract surgery, the Phaco handpiece could be considered the nervous system. Without it, the ophthalmologist could not deliver power to the Phaco tip or direct it to perform the intricate cataract surgery.  At a cost of over $5,000, your handpieces represent an important investment for your practice, and it’s only wise to handle and maintain them with the highest level of care. However, devices this delicate aren’t always treated as carefully as they should be. Before you find your devices in need of Phaco handpiece repair, make sure to treat them with care.

To keep your handpieces in proper, working order, experts recommend frequent and gentle cleanings to thoroughly remove debris. If the device is not cleaned properly, debris can accumulate and compromise the surgical procedure. When examining the handpiece for dents or nicks, remember to also inspect the tip, silicone sleeve and cord. Any fraying of the cord should be addressed immediately.

After autoclaving your handpiece, it should cool at room temperature for at least 15 minutes. If your facility is busy and you’re performing surgery after surgery, it can be tempting to use it at a faster rate. Do not take shortcuts such as immersing the handpiece into cold water, which could cause damage.

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