COVID 19 | Restarting Your Equipment After An Extended Shutdown 

As you ready your office following COVID-19 restrictions, here is a checklist to prepare your equipment for patient care. We encourage you to do start-up procedures a few days before seeing patients so any issues that pop up can be resolved. If at any time you need assistance, email us at service@reachforservice.com.

Turn on vacuum pump and compressor.  Check operation.

  • Ensure compressor builds up to pressure (120 – 125 psi).

  • Before turning on wet ring vacuum pump:

    • Ensure water source is ON.

    • Check gauge for proper operation.

    • Check for any water leaks.

 

Nitrous/O2

  • Turn on unit or system.

  • Inspect for any degraded apparatus or leaks.

 

Sterilization

Autoclave

  • Fill autoclave reservoir with distilled water.

  • Run unwrapped test cycle.

Ultrasonic

  • Fill and test.

Hydrim

  • Confirm main water supply ON.

  • Reinstall soap dispenser.

  • Run cycle to test.

 

Operatories – Two Steps

1. Shock Waterlines Upon Return – per manufacturer’s guidelines

Before resuming care using your dental unit, thoroughly shock the DUWL regardless of the maintenance product utilized.

 

If using straws: never shock through a straw unless using Sterisil Straw with Citrisil™ Shock. Otherwise, remove the straw and utilize a "dummy straw" or uptake tube to shock.

 

If you need a free dummy straw, order one from ProEdgeDental.com or send email to support@proedgedental.com

 

2. Test Your Dental Unit Waterlines After Shocking

Once DUWL shocked, test dental unit water quality to ensure CDC guidelines are met.  Reach recommends the ProEdge™ QuickPass™ test for a simple in-office test.

 

Computer Systems

  • Verify backups have been occurring.

  • Power on each machine to ensure everything is booting up properly and communicating.

  • Verify antivirus/security software is up-to-date.

  • Allow any updates to occur (may require extra time and multiple restarts).

 

Milling machines

  • Fill water tanks to proper level with distilled water and lubricant.

  • Run mill in pump mode to allow the water system to prime and cycle.

  • Ensure proper communication to the acquisition units.  Perform calibration if necessary, or if the annual maintenance period has expired.  Verify condition of burs.

  • Perform a test mill if applicable.