Section II. PORTABLE EQUIPMENT
PROCESSING EQUIPMENT FOR PATIENT TREATMENT AND CARE
a. General. Central Materiel Service is responsible for a number of different
types of portable equipment used in the treatment and care of patients. They range
from humidifiers to turning frames. The care of the equipment requires both skill and
knowledge. It is important that the equipment be in perfect working condition, safe to
use, and immediately available for emergencies. Figures 4-18 through 4-24 are
examples of portable equipment maintained in the CMS.
b. Operation. Central Materiel Service personnel must know how to operate,
disassemble, and reassemble all portable equipment. Instructions on the operation of
the equipment must always accompany the equipment. When new equipment is
received, a demonstration of its operation and maintenance is usually given by the
manufacturer's representative. Central Materiel Service personnel will perform most
operating and maintenance procedures under the guidance of the manufacturer's
representative so that difficulties can be resolved. Medical maintenance is responsible
for major maintenance of the equipment.
c. Initial Processing - Using Unit. The using unit will perform initial processing
(1) Removing and discarding all disposable parts that have had direct
contact with the patient.
Placing small nondisposable parts in a plastic bag and attaching to
Placing in CMS pick up area or returning it to CMS.
Figure 4-18. Thoracic drainage pump. (Note sterilized tubing in sealed package).