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What precautions should be taken during a subject test, cleaning, or disinfecting to protect against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) or other pathogens?
Intoximeters, Inc. does not claim to be an expert on infectious disease transmission, but it has developed two guides (Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfecting Intoximeters Handheld Instruments and Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfecting an Intoximeters Desktop Instrument) that list some of the concerns and commonsense steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission while performing a breath alcohol test or while cleaning or disinfecting an Intoximeters, Inc. alcohol breath test instrument.
Additional information and directives on Coronavirus can be found through OSHA (3990-03 2020) or the CDC. The CDC has put out documentation for the maintenance on other types of breathing related equipment such as spirometers that may have helpful information on infections control measures.
While an instrument can be disabled for a number of reasons, this message is often the result of a failed accuracy check, an accuracy check was not performed after a calibration adjustment, or a periodic maintenance was not observed.
This display means that the Intox EC/IR is not detecting an appropriate flow of gas from the standard. Check to make sure a gas standard is connected. If you are using a wet standard make sure the head of the simulator is properly attached. If you are using a dry gas standard make sure the tank is not empty.
Insufficient sample is a message that occurs if a subject does not provide a consistent breath flow, reaching the minimum sample volume required or sucks back during the breath sample process.
Use proper instructions like, “I would like you to take a deep inhalation, hold it for a moment and then blow at a moderate pace for as long as possible into the mouthpiece.”
If the instrument displays this message even when a consistent sample is submitted, contact Intoximeters technical support for assistance.
Check the internal printer to see if the ON LINE light is illuminated. If not, press the On Line button. Check to make certain the printer door is latched properly. Check to see if there is paper in the printer.
If the printer is putting out blank paper, then it is likely that the thermal paper roll is installed backwards. Check to make sure the paper roll is inserted so that the paper comes out over the top of the roll, not from underneath the roll.
If using an external printer, check the cable connection on the rear of the Intox EC/IR and make sure it is attached on both ends. Check to make sure there is paper in the printer and it is turned on and ready to print.
One condition that is required prior to testing is that key components are within predefined temperature ranges. If you have the proper password access to the F9 functions you can check the current operating temperatures of these components and identify which is out of range.
Generally, “REGULATING TEMP” is only displayed for a short time, perhaps 20 – 30 minutes if the instrument has been turned off. If this display continues after a reasonable warm-up period, you should contact Technical Support for assistance.
Currently manufactured Intox EC/IRs are setup to work with the Checktrap mouthpiece (part# 23-0010-00) or the ASIV/ECIR one way mouthpiece (part# 23-0000-00). The TestSafe Mouthpiece is also an option with the Intox EC/IR.