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How To Properly Clean a Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pump


For proper device maintenance and accuracy, staff must receive adequate and thorough device training. This instruction should outline proper care and handling to ensure each patient gets sanitary and ethical medical treatments. Before and after prescribing a patient-controlled analgesia pump, it’s essential to complete appropriate cleaning techniques.

Caring for the Casing

To begin a proper cleansing, ensure the device is in the off position and unplugged from any electrical outlets. Set it upright and wipe any exposed surfaces with a manufacturer’s recommended cleaning solution. Do not use these same steps to clean the inter-unit interface (IUI).

While cleaning the exterior surfaces, use a designated soft-bristled brush to thoroughly work in the cleaning solution and remove any residue from handling. It’s essential to note that residue, germs, and bacteria are common on devices. Using the brush, you can access smaller surfaces such as crevices and seals around the casing.

You must follow the cleaning solution instructions to allow time to work on the device and clean the surface thoroughly. When the solution sits long enough, you may use a clean, damp cloth to clean the case’s exterior.

Caring for the IUI Parts

Before cleaning the IUI parts, a good practice is to use a different cloth and brush from the case’s exterior. This can allow you to keep residues and germs separate and avoid the potential for cross-contamination throughout the device. Your IUI parts will have their own cleaning devices, such as a special brush or cloth.

Dip the IUI brush in isopropyl alcohol and gently scrub the attachments and connection sites. Ensure you do not spray or soak the device’s parts directly and apply the alcohol to only the brush or cloth.

Drying, Inspection, and Post-Cleanse Care

The drying and inspection process is relatively easy to overlook. Before prescribing a PCA infusion pump, all components must be dry and free of leftover cleaning solutions and residues. When parts of the device are put back together without drying, you risk malfunction while in use.

Additionally, thoroughly inspecting the various components during and after cleaning can ensure users are aware of any potential issues. Visible signs of damage indicate that it is time to consider replacing the device.

To learn more about proper cleaning and maintenance for a patient-controlled analgesia pump and cleaning specifications, reach out to Med One Group today!