Updated: May 20, 2021
"Patient Name: Compressor"
A handy mnemonic device to help you keep track of routine maintenance is to create patients in your PMS with names of your equipment, like "Compressor". Whenever this patient pops up on your schedule, it's time to check the equipment in question (such as your compressor).
When patient "Compressor" pops up on your schedule, it's time to look at your compressor: Check the filters, moisture indicator, make sure the tank is drained, confirm proper function etc. About the only thing on the compressor that requires routing changing are the various filters and the oil (if oil lubricated). These are all annual routines, but it's still not a bad idea to check the compressor at least quarterly to make sure it's working well. So, treat it to quarterly recalls, like a perio patient.
Other quarterly patients could be: Operatory Filters, Central Vacuum, Server, Sterilizer and Taxes. just to name a few possibilities.
For other things you'd want to create annual, semi-annual, monthly or even weekly appointments (although something done weekly should be frequent enough that you don't need to put it into your PMS to remember it).
Your PMS can be a handy tool for more than just scheduling patients.