Elle's Corner: Putting Your Machine Away For Winter

Whether you have freezing temperatures, or you’re just done for the preg checking season, we wanted to share some helpful steps for storing your machine. As with any other piece of equipment, extreme cold can be hard on your ultrasound. We want you to be ready to go without issues when you need your ultrasound machine next season! Check out the video below and see what Elle recommends when it comes to storing your machine away for winter.

  • Keep your ultrasound in a temperature-controlled area. Not in your truck during the freezing cold nights!
  • Make sure all pieces of the machine have been cleaned, followed by putting a probe cover on each probe.
  • Wipe down your machine with an ArmorAll wipe (yes, the ones used for your truck’s dashboard). This will put a waxy coat on your machine for another layer of protection and ease of cleaning in the future. Keep these wipes away from any of your monitor screens because it will leave a film.
  • Have your monitor charged and make sure the hard-power button is turned off.
  • Do not keep your ultrasound stored on the charger. Leaving it on the charger for long periods of time can reduce your battery’s life.
  • Make sure there are no kinks or sharp angles that could interfere with your machine’s probe cord.
  • When putting the ultrasound in the case, make sure everything is dry. The cases will retain moisture, which could cause corrosion to the mainboard. This is crucial in humid climates!
  • Do not set your monitor face down if you are keeping on a surface that moves a lot. (AKA the vet box)

We know that some of these are self-explanatory, but we’ve seen it all… If you have any other questions or concerns when it comes to storing your ultrasound machine for winter, please give us a call. We would love to help you make your ultrasound’s life last longer!

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