I do a fair amount of dermatology in our practice, so I use the microscope on a regular basis. I recently came across these top tips to keep your microscope in good working order, so thought I’d share them.
- Keep the scope clean. Twice-daily cleaning is ideal – along with cleaning whenever the scope is used. In addition, it’s helpful to have the scope professionally cleaned and lubricated once or twice a year. It will make a huge difference in the functionality of your instrument.
- Keep the scope covered when not in use. All hospitals tend to be dusty and have hair floating about, which can damage the scope.
- Use a different microscope for faecal examinations. Faecal solutions (sugars, salt solutions, etc) are quite caustic if they come in contact with the microscope lens or get “spilled” onto the slide platform.
- Adjust the scope (at least once daily) for Köhler illumination. This will help to “focus” your scope for use.
However, after reading through these, I realise it’s a case of “doing what I say and not what I do” – so I’m off to give the microscope a good clean!
Noxon J O (2015). Cytology and Cultures Successful Tips and Techniques to try tomorrow, Small Animal and Exotics Proceedings of the North American Veterinary Conference, Gainesville, Florida.