CER OPTIMA™ Installation Overview

Why Choose the CER OPTIMA™? The CER-1 and CER-2 OPTIMA™ are well known for their compact footprint and their fast and convenient processing. Made by one of the industry leaders, Medivators® / CANTEL®, this unit with its multiple configurations has become an extremely popular solution for medical practices where space is a challenge but quality is of the upmost importance and cannot be sacrificed. The CER-1 Optima™ is capable of reprocessing 1 endoscope at a time. The CER-2 Optima™ is capable of reprocessing up to 2 endoscopes at a time. Both models are considered to be semi-portable syste...

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CER1 Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is no longer just a good idea, it's a wise business decision that both increases the life expectancy of your AER (automatic endoscope reprocessor) while decreasing the the down time involved with machine malfunctions and more involved repairs. It just makes sense! The CER1, along with many other AERs all need preventative maintenance done and the sooner you put together a maintenance plan and schedule the less likely that your practice will be found wanting. Don't let the small size of the ativ deceive you, it still needs PM. There's a number of parts that are the typi...

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AER Installation - Part 1

If you're considering the purchase of an AER (automatic Endoscopic Reprocessor) you're not alone. AERs have become the standard for so many practices across the globe. There's a lot to consider when purchasing of course, but there's just as much to consider about where and how it will be installed as well. So let's take a cursory look at the following installation considerations. Electrical, Room Ventilation and Air Supply Electrical We've talked about the electrical in other articles here on the MedServiceRepair.com web site. But your system typically must be able to supply 1000 watts at 100 ...

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AER Safety - Grounding

There's numerous important factors with regards to the installation and maintenance of any AER that your practice should consider before and after your purchase. Typically these tips will apply to almost any automated endoscopic reprocessor, but please check your manufacturer's user manual for specific instructions for your AER. Today's tip is about proper "Grounding". While it's easy to take grounding for granted, you absolutely need to make sure that your electrical system throughout your practice is "properly" grounded. A properly grounded circuit helps protect your equipment, the rest of y...

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Disinfecting Guideline Resources

Following established guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of AERs (automated endoscopic reprocessors) is mandatory for the safety of your patients and internal staff. But who makes the guidelines and where do you find them to follow? It's a great question and an absolute requirement to have the right resources on hand. The great news is there's quite a few different respected entities that are contributing to these recommendations. And while the list below is not exhaustive it should give you a great place to start. Reviewing each of these resources should help you understand the best fit...

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Choosing an AER (Part 4: Energy Costs)

So here's a topic that may not be on the forefront of someone's mind looking into the purchase of an automatic endoscopic reprocessor; Energy Efficiency. We've already covered "Cycle time" in our prior article "Choosing an AER | Part 2: Cost Per Cycle". But cycle time also relates to and affects energy efficiency so it makes sense that we'd go into the energy perspective of cycle time here. All things being equal, any logical argument about energy consumption would include "the longer a unit takes to sterilize scopes the more it would typically cost to operate". But there's more to this equati...

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Choosing an AER (Part 2: Cost Per Cycle)

So we promised to go over some of the items on our list of considerations when purchasing an AER (Automated Endoscopic Reprocessor) from our March 28th article "Choosing and AER". There's obviously so many things to consider besides just the type of AER and budget that it may seem daunting. But here's one of the basic considerations that may be helpful to consider when you're in the market for an AER. Let's go into some of the details today on the "Overall Cost Per Cycle". Overall Cost Per Cycle There's a number of variables to consider when you're looking at the overall cost per cycle. And th...

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Choosing an AER

While it may seem like common sense, you really need to consider what your budget is prior to even starting the hunt for an Automated Endoscopic Reprocessor. Prices are all over the board as are sizes, options and features for endoscopic scope sterilization machines (AERs). As with all technology the price per feature and the feature's capability typically falls over time but the amount of features and their capabilities continue to increase while the size of units get smaller and more compact increases the machines price. That said, research you've done last year is sometimes meaningless for ...

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