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a I ley lab 


User’s Guide 


RapidVac™ 

Smoke Evacuator System 


Foreword 


This manual and the equipment it describes are for use only by qualified medical 
professionals trained in the particular technique and surgical procedure to be performed. 
It is intended as a guide for using the RapidVAc Smoke Evacuator only. Additional 
users information is available in the RapidVac™ Smoke Evacuator Service 
Manual. 


Caution 


Federal (USA) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. 


Equipment covered in this manual 

RapidVac Smoke Evacuator—110 V and 220 V 

Part Number: 1008878 
Effective Date: May 2008 


Trademark acknowledgements 

RapidVac™ is a trademark of Valleylab. All trade names referenced are the 
trademarks, registered trademarks, or products of their respective manufacturers. 


Manufactured for: 



Valleylab, a division of Tyco Healthcare Group LP 
Boulder, Colorado 80301-3299 USA 


European representative 


EC 


REP 


Tyco Healthcare UK Ltd. 
Gosport, POD 0AS, UK 


f f Device is compliant with the European Communities Council Directive 93/42/ 
^ ^ EEC, Medical Device Directive. 


Printed in USA 

©2008 Valleylab. All rights reserved. 

For information call 

1-303-530-2300 

Internet address 

http://www.valleylab.com 


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Warranty 


Valleylab, a division of Tyco Healthcare Group LP, warrants each product 
manufactured by it to be free from defects in material and workmanship under 
normal use and service for the period(s) set forth below. Valleylab’s obligation 
under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement, at its sole option, of 
any product, or part thereof, which has been returned to it or its Distributor within 
the applicable time period shown below after delivery of the product to the 
original purchaser, and which examination discloses, to Valleylab’s satisfaction, 
that the product is defective. This warranty does not apply to any product, or part 
thereof, which has been repaired or altered outside Valleylab’s factory in a way so 
as, in Valleylab’s judgment, to affect its stability or reliability, or which has been 
subjected to misuse, neglect, or accident. 

The warranty periods for Valleylab products are as follows: 

Microwave Ablation Generator One year from date of shipment 

Microwave Ablation Pump One year from date of shipment 

Electrosurgical Generators One year from date of shipment 

RFG-3C™ Plus Lesion Generator One year from date of shipment 

LigaSure™ Vessel Sealing System One year from date of shipment 

LigaSure™ Reusable Instruments One year from date of shipment 

Mounting Fixtures (all models) One year from date of shipment 

Footswitches (all models) One year from date of shipment 

Force Argon™ Units One year from date of shipment 

RapidVac Smoke Evacuator One year from date of shipment 

LigaSure™ Sterile Single Use Items Sterility only as stated on packaging 

Sterile Single Use Items Sterility only as stated on packaging 

Patient Return Electrodes Shelf life only as stated on packaging 

MWA Antennas Shelf life only as stated on packaging 

This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, express or implied, including 
without limitation, the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular 
purpose, and of all other obligations or liabilities on the part of Valleylab. 
Valleylab neither assumes nor authorizes any other person to assume for it any 
other liability in connection with the sale or use of any of Valleylab’s products. 

Notwithstanding any other provision herein or in any other document or 
communication, Valleylab’s liability with respect to this agreement and products 
sold hereunder shall be limited to the aggregate purchase price for the goods sold 
by Valleylab to the customer. There are no warranties which extend beyond the 
terms hereof. Valleylab disclaims any liability hereunder or elsewhere in 
connection with the sale of this product, for indirect or consequential damages. 


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This warranty and the rights and obligations hereunder shall be construed under 
and governed by the laws of the State of Colorado, USA. The sole forum for 
resolving disputes arising under or relating in any way to this warranty is the 
District Court of the County of Boulder, State of Colorado, USA. 

Valleylab, its dealers, and representatives reserve the right to make changes in 
equipment built and/or sold by them at any time without incurring any obligation 
to make the same or similar changes on equipment previously built and/or sold by 
them. 


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Conventions Used in this Guide 


Warning 


Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in 
death or serious injury. 


Caution 


Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or 
moderate injury. 

Notice 

Indicates a hazard that may result in product damage. 

Important 

Indicates an operating tip or maintenance suggestion. 


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Table of Contents 


Foreword. ii 

Warranty. iv 

Conventions Used in this Guide. vi 

Chapter 1. Introducing the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator 

Parts Shipped with the Smoke Evacuator.1-2 

About the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator.1-2 

Features.1-3 

Rapid Vac+ System.1-3 

Operating Modes.1-3 

Power.1-4 

Operating Parameters.1-4 

Transport and Storage.1-4 

Patient and Operating Room Safety.1-4 

General.1-4 

Maintenance.1-7 

Chapter 2. Controls, Indicators, and Receptacles 

Front Panel.2-2 

Power On/Off Switch.2-3 

Air Flow Controls.2-3 

Turbo Button.2-3 

Filter Life Indicator.2-4 

RapidVac+ Button.2-4 

Footswitch Jack.2-4 

Service Required Indicator.2-4 

Rear Panel.2-5 

Power Cord Receptacle/Fuse Tray.2-5 

Remote Activator Jack.2-6 

EPROM Jack (Covered).2-6 

Equipotential Grounding Lug.2-6 

Chapter 3. Before Surgery 

Periodic Inspection.3-2 

Initial Installation.3-2 

Checking the Smoke Evacuator.3-4 

Checking the Remaining Filter Life.3-4 

Changing the Filter.3-5 

Testing the Airflow Controls.3-5 

Installing and Testing the Footswitch (optional) . 3-6 

Installing and Testing the Remote Switch Activator (optional) . 3-7 

Installing and Testing the Generator Interlink Cable (optional) . 3-8 

Setting Up the Smoke Evacuator.3-9 

After the initial installation, set up the smoke evacuator for use.3-9 


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Mounting the Smoke Evacuator.3-9 

Open Procedure—Evacuating Dry Smoke.3-9 

Open Procedure—Evacuating Smoke and Incidental Fluids.3-10 

Chapter 4. During Surgery 

Initiating Airflow.4-2 

Minimizing Noise.4-2 

Variables Affecting Airflow.4-3 

Changing the Airflow.4-3 

Periodic Checks.4-3 

Tubing.4-3 

Sponge Guard.4-3 

Filter Life Indicator.4-3 

Chapter 5. After Surgery 

Preparing the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator for Reuse.5-2 

Removing the Tubing.5-2 

Cleaning the Smoke Evacuator.5-2 

Chapter 6. Troubleshooting 

Inspecting the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator.6-2 

Correcting Specific Malfunctions.6-2 

Chapter 7. Maintenance and Repair 

Routine Maintenance.7-2 

Checking the Power Cord.7-2 

Removing the RapidVac Filter.7-2 

Responsibility of the Manufacturer.7-2 

Obtaining a Return Authorization Number.7-3 

Returning the Smoke Evacuator for Service.7-3 

Service Centers.7-3 


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Introducing the 
RapidVac Smoke Evacuator 


This section describes the clinical applications and features of the 
RapidVac Smoke Evacuator. 


Caution 


Read all warnings, cautions, and instructions provided with this smoke evacuator 
before using. 

Read the instructions, warnings, and cautions provided with electrosurgical 
accessories before using. Specific instructions are not included in this manual. 


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Parts Shipped with the Smoke Evacuator 


Parts Shipped with the Smoke Evacuator 

When unpacking the smoke evacuator, verify that the following parts are 
included: 

• Power cord 

• User’s guide and service manual 

• Quick reference card 

Upon initial receipt, inspect the smoke evacuator for dents, cracks, or damage that 
may have occurred during shipment. If damage is present, notify the freight 
carrier for assessment. 

Additional items are available from Valley lab: 

• Replacement RapidVac Filters 

• RapidVac Footswitch 

• RapidVac Remote Switch Activator 

• Generator Interlink Cable 

• Laparoscopic Smoke Evacuator Tubing Kit 

• Floses, tubing, adapters, wands and other accessories 


About the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator captures particulates and adsorbs gases from 
surgical smoke. The smoke evacuator is specifically designed to improve 
visibility and reduce potential health hazards associated with surgical smoke. It 
can be used in both open and laparoscopic procedures. 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator is designed with a high suction, high flow rate 
centrifugal action pump. The ultra-quiet motor is used to draw the smoke from the 
surgical site through the vacuum tubing and into the system where it is processed 
by a series of filters. A single disposable filter is used to simplify the installation 
and removal during filter changes. The filter is completely enclosed to protect the 
healthcare personnel from potential contamination during filter changes. 

One SEA3700 Filter contains four filtration stages to capture the smoke plume: 

• Stage 1 - A prefilter that traps and removes gross particulate and 
incidental fluid. 

• Stage 2 - An ULPA grade (Ultra Low Penetration Air) patented filter 
captures particulates and micro-organisms down to 0.1 pm at 99.9995% 
efficiency. 

• Stage 3 - The highest grade virgin activated carbon, designed specifically 
for Valleylab for the removal and adsorption of odors and toxic gases 
produced by burning tissue. These harmful gases may constitute a health 
hazard to healthcare professionals who are subjected to prolonged 
exposure. The activated carbon used in the smoke evacuation system 
preferentially removes toxic organic gases (rather than water vapor) and 
provides optimal odor removal. 


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About the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator 


• Stage 4 - An expanded foam used to trap activated carbon fines from 
migrating out of the filter. 

Features 

RapidVac Smoke Evacuator features include: 

• Filter-life monitoring for its four-stage, 25-five hour filter 

• Standby, RapidVac+, footswitch, or continuous operation modes 

• Quiet operation 

• Adjustable flow 

• Compatibility with all Valleylab electrosurgery pencils and generators 


RapidVac+ System 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator incorporates The RapidVac+ mode which 
controls the flow of the smoke evacuator when using a Valleylab electrosurgical 
pencil. When the electrosurgical pencil is activated, the smoke evacuator operates 
in the preselected flow setting. When the pencil is deactivated, the air flow 
reduces to a low-flow purge setting. 

Two Valleylab accessories link the electrosurgical generator and smoke evacuator 
to enable the RapidVac+ mode: 

• RapidVac Remote Switch Activator 

• Generator Interlink Cable 


Operating Modes 

Four operating modes are available: standby, footswitch, RapidVac+, and 
continuous. 

• Standby mode powers up the unit without activating the motor or vacuum 
flow. 

• Footswitch mode is used to turn the smoke evacuator on or off with the 
optional footswitch pedal. 

• RapidVac+ mode is used to control the vacuum flow simultaneously with 
activation of an electrosurgical pencil. This mode is controlled with the 
optional generator interlink or electrosurgery sensor. 

• Continuous mode is used to operate the smoke evacuator using continuous 
air flow. 


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Introducing the RapidVac 
Smoke Evacuator 




Patient and Operating Room Safety 


Power 

This unit is equipped from the factory with either a 110 VAC hospital grade 
NEMA 5-15 power cord or a 220 VAC CEE7/7 power cord. Should the AC 
power cord need replacing to match another plug configuration, the replacement 
plug/cable/receptacle configuration must meet or exceed the following 
specifications. 

100-120 VAC 

Cable - SJT16/3, IEC color code, maximum length 15 ft. (5m) 

Plug - minimum 10A 125 VAC 

Unit receptacle - IEC female, minimum 10A 125 VAC 

220-240 VAC 

Cable - H05VVF3G1.0 VDE, maximum length 15 ft. (5m) 

Plug - minimum 6A 250 VAC 

Unit receptacle - IEC female, minimum 6A 250 VAC 


Operating Parameters 


Ambient temperature range 

10° C to 40° C (50° F to 104° F) 

Relative humidity 

30% to 75%, noncondensing 

Transport and Storage 

Ambient temperature range 

-34° C to 65° C (-29° F to 149° F) 

Relative humidity 

25% to 85%, noncondensing 


Patient and Operating Room Safety 


General 


Warning 


Only trained personnel are to operate the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator. Operators 
should avail themselves of preclinical training, a review of pertinent literature, and 
other appropriate education before attempting to use the RapidVac. 

During initial set up, inspect the smoke evacuator for any damage that may have 
been caused during shipping. If damaged, do not use or attempt to repair. Call 
Valleylab for service assistance. 


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Patient and Operating Room Safety 


Warning 


Inspect the smoke evacuator before each use. If there is evidence of damage, do 
not use the smoke evacuator. Call Valleylab for service assistance. 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator filter is a disposable component that captures 
potentially hazardous particles. Handle used filters as you would any 
biohazardous material. Dispose of used filters according to your local codes and 
regulations, and follow your institutions procedures for disposal. 

The smoke evacuation filter has a life of approximately 25 hours of use and 
should not be used beyond the specified time. If the Replace Filter indicator 
illuminates during operation, the smoke evacuator will continue to run until it is 
turned off. Turning power off to the smoke evacuator will require replacement of 
the filter before subsequent use. 

Failure to change the filter accordingly may result in decreased efficiency in 
smoke evacuation and contamination of the motor, vacuum pump, and sound 
absorbing media within the smoke evacuator. 

Do not operate this device in potentially explosive environments, such as in the 
presence of flammable anesthetics. 

Refer routine servicing to qualified biomedical technical personnel. 

Use only with the power cord provided and always plug into a grounded outlet. 

Do not use two- or three-prong adapters with the smoke evacuator’s power 
cords. 

The power-cord assembly should be checked periodically for damaged insulation 
or connectors. Do not use damaged cords. 

Use of extension cords may result in fire hazards. 

This device is not intended for the evacuation of fluid. If fluid is expected to be 
aspirated to the smoke evacuation filter, a fluid collection device must be installed 
with the vacuum hose assembly. Failure to install a fluid collection device could 
cause filter blockage and electrical damage. Contact Valleylab Service for 
additional information. 

Do not connect a wet power cord to the wall receptacle. 

If the smoke evacuator becomes wet, either from a leaking tube or from being 
sprayed, unplug the smoke evacuator from the Mains outlet. Wipe dry or allow to 
air dry before proceeding. 

Connect the smoke evacuator power cord to a properly grounded receptacle. 
Plug the power cord directly into the power receptacle without any adapter plugs. 
Use of power plug adapters may result in electric shock. 

Do not remove any covers or panels exposing the internal components of the 
smoke evacuator. Refer to a Valleylab representative for service. 

The smoke evacuator produces a strong vacuum. Adjust the airflow and the 
position of the inlet end of the wand or tubing to prevent patient injury and to 
prevent suction of surgical materials and surgical specimens. 


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Introducing the RapidVac 
Smoke Evacuator 



Patient and Operating Room Safety 


Warning 


If the smoke evacuator is activated while the airflow is set to a high speed, it may 
produce a sudden, strong suction action. Check the airflow setting before 
activating the smoke evacuator to prevent patient injury and to prevent suction of 
surgical materials and surgical specimens. 


Caution 


Do not stack equipment on top of the smoke evacuator or place the smoke 
evacuator on top of electrical equipment. These configurations are unstable and/ 
or do not allow for adequate cooling. 

Use only Valleylab SEA3700 Filters in the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator. Filters 
from other manufacturers may cause damage to the system, thereby voiding the 
warranty. 

Provide as much distance as possible between the smoke evacuator and other 
electronic equipment (such as monitors). An activated smoke evacuator may 
cause interference with them. 

Read all warnings, cautions, and instructions provided with the RapidVac Smoke 
Evacuator before using. 

To maximize patient safety, the tubing or wand should not come in direct contact 
with tissue. Otherwise, patient injury may result. 

Do not block either the tubing or the filter. If either becomes occluded or 
significantly restricted, the motor/blower may overheat and cause the unit to shut 
down. 

Care must be exercised in the installation of hoses, adapters and suction 
canisters. Failure to follow the procedures outlined in this manual may result in 
overheating of the motor and may void the unit warranty. 


Notice 

Using any unapproved filter or accessory with the smoke evacuator may cause 
damage and will void the warranty. 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator functions properly only when the ULPA filter is 
correctly installed. If the filter is installed incorrectly, the amber Replace Filter 
indicator flashes and the Service Required indicator is illuminated. 

Fluids may damage the filters. When evacuating smoke and incidental fluids, 
always use the appropriate tubing, 

Connect the power cord to a wall receptacle having the correct voltage. 
Otherwise, product damage will result. 

Power line voltage below 100 VAC (110V SEA3690) and 200 VAC (220V 
SEA3695) will significantly reduce airflow. 

Connecting multiple lengths of tubing together may cause the smoke evacuator 
to overheat. 


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Patient and Operating Room Safety 


Notice 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator has been specially designed to fit on Valleylab 
mounting carts only. Do not install the smoke evacuator on a cart other than a 
Valleylab cart. Installing the smoke evacuator inside a cart with improper 
ventilation may result in overheating or may adversely affect the stability of the 
cart. 

Periodically check the cart brackets that hold the smoke evacuator in place to 
ensure that the screws are securely fastened. 

Stacking the smoke evacuator on top of a generator may cause an unstable 
condition and/or cause the smoke evacuator to overheat. 

Do not use sterile accessory products if sterile packaging has been 
compromised. 


Maintenance 


Warning 


Always turn off and unplug the smoke evacuator before cleaning. 

The ULPA filter captures potentially hazardous particles. Handle used filters as 
you would any biohazardous material. Dispose of filters with other operative 
waste materials according to the procedures for your institution. 

Do not reuse or resterilize any product labeled “DISPOSABLE” or “SINGLE 
USE.” Doing so may result in cross contamination, injury to the patient or medical 
staff, or equipment malfunction. 


Caution 


Inspect the smoke evacuator before each use. If there is evidence of damage, do 
not use the smoke evacuator. Call Valleylab for service assistance. 


Notice 

Do not rub, touch, or clean the smoke evacuator with alcohol or caustic, 
corrosive, or abrasive cleaning or disinfectant compounds, solvents, or other 
materials that could scratch the control panel or damage the smoke evacuator. 

Do not autoclave, pressure sterilize, or gas sterilize the smoke evacuator. 

Keep the smoke evacuator away from liquids. Liquids that enter the smoke 
evacuator will damage internal components. 


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Introducing the RapidVac 
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Patient and Operating Room Safety 



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Controls, Indicators, and 
Receptacles 


This chapter describes the front and rear panels on the smoke 
evacuator, including all controls, indicators, receptacles, and ports. 


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Front Panel 


Front Panel 



® Power On/Off switch 
© Air-flow indicators (LED) 

© Turbo button 
© Air-flow controls 

© Power on indicator (LED centered in fan symbol) 
© Filter life indicators (LED) 

© RapidVac+ button 
© Service required indicator (LED) 

© Footswitch jack 
® Air filter with tubing connectors 


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Front Panel 


Caution 


Connect accessories to the proper receptacle type. Otherwise, the smoke 
evacuator may not function properly. 

Accessory equipment connected to interfaces must be certified according to 
IEC 60601-1-1. All configurations shall comply with the system standard 
IEC 60601-1-1. The user is responsible for verifying that accessory equipment 
connections comply with the system requirements of IEC 60601-1-1. If in doubt, 
contact Valleylab. 


The electronic system controls on the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator are easy to 
understand and simple to use. The control panel contains power and suction 
controls, LED indicators, and connectors. 

Notice 

Please be sure to read all instructions before installing accessories or operating 
this equipment. Failure to do so may result in damage to the unit and/or personal 
injury. 


Power On/Off Switch 

The power switch that controls power to the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator is 
located in the lower-left corner of the front panel. To power up the smoke 
evacuator, place the power switch in the ON position (I). The smoke evacuator 
starts in standby (system power is on with no suction). When the smoke evacuator 
is on in standby, the LED in the center of the fan symbol on the front panel will 
blink continually until a fan speed is selected. 

Turn the system power off by placing the power switch in the OFF position ( O ). 


Air Flow Controls 

The level of suction is controlled by the air-flow controls, up-arrow ( /+\ ) and 
down-arrow (V-/) buttons. To start the fan from standby mode, press the up- 
arrow button. It starts in the lowest suction setting indicated by a single 
illuminated air-flow indicator. 

The suction control should be set at the lowest practical setting to completely 
remove the surgical smoke from the operative site. Pressing either the up- or 
down-arrow buttons changes the current suction level by 20%. The selected level 
of suction is displayed by the air-flow indicator LEDs. 


Turbo Button 

When increased smoke removal is necessary, the Turbo button may be pressed at 
anytime to increase suction. Turbo mode effectively increases the airflow to 100% 
suction flow to quickly remove the smoke plume from the surgical site. 


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Controls, Indicators, and 
Receptacles 




Front Panel 


Filter Life Indicator 

The filter life indicator provides a visual indication of the status of the life of the 
filter in use. Each illuminated LED represents five hours of remaining time on the 
25-hour filter. The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator tracks the time each filter has 
been used allowing for an accurate display of remaining use for new or previously 
used filters. 

Reading the Filter Life Indicator 

Install an unused RapidVac filter into the system. When the smoke evacuator is 
on, all five of the filter life indicator LEDs illuminate indicating the new filter has 
100% filter life. The indicator will regress through subsequent LEDs until the 
final LED is illuminated indicating less than 5 hours of filter life remaining. At 
one hour remaining, the LED changes to amber. When the time remaining reaches 
30 minutes, the amber LED flashes slowly. 


RapidVac+ Button 

When the smoke evacuator is connected to a generator using the Generator 
Interlink Cable, pressing the RapidVac+ button synchronizes the smoke 
evacuator with the use of an electrosurgical pencil. When a pencil is activated, the 
smoke evacuator activates to a preselected air flow level. 


Footswitch Jack 

A RapidVac Footswitch (SEA3745) is available for use with the RapidVac 
Smoke Evacuator. 

A footswitch may be added to any system by simply plugging it into the 
footswitch jack on the front panel. The unit may be turned on or off by depressing 
the footswitch pedal once for each operation. For footswitching operation, the 
smoke evacuator should be on and the suction level to be activated from the 
footswitch should be selected on the control panel. 


Service Required Indicator 

The motor powering the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator has two motor brushes that 
require regular maintenance every 500 hours. When the smoke evacuator has 
been in use for 500 hours, the Service Required Indicator illuminates. Replace the 
motor brushes and reset the Service Required Indicator as directed in the 
RapidVac Smoke Evacuator Service Manual. 


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Rear Panel 


Rear Panel 



® Cord brackets 
© Carrying handle 
© Power-cord receptacle/fuse tray 
© Remote Activator jack 
© EPROM jack 
© Equipotential grounding lug 


Power Cord Receptacle/Fuse Tray 

The cord receptacle provides power to the smoke evacuator using a removable 
cord appropriate for regional power supplies. Cord can be wound on the cord 
brackets to store with the smoke evacuator. 

Two 10 AMP fuses in the 110V model (8 AMP for 220V) are located in a 
removable tray adjacent to the cord receptacle. Fuses electrically protect the 
system from damage and the operator from injury. If the system is overheated or if 
there is an electrical surge in the electrical system, fuses will open and the system 
will not operate. To re-start the system, unplug the power cord and replace the 
fuses. 


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Rear Panel 


Remote Activator Jack 

A Generator Interlink Cable (SEA3730) and Remote Switch Activator 
(SEA3740) are available for the automatic remote activation of the RapidVac 
Smoke Evacuator. 

The Generator Interlink Cable is compatible with the Valleylab Force FX™, 
ForceEZ™, and ForceTriad™ generators. It attaches to a generator’s RF 
activation port and to the smoke evacuator’s Remote Activator jack. When the 
generator is activated, the smoke evacuator automatically initiates the pre-set 
suction. 

The Remote Switch Activator is a programmable switch that plugs into the smoke 
evacuator jack and is attached to an electrosurgical generator. The remote switch 
is programmed to recognize the audible tones used by the generator. When the 
tone for cut or coag sounds, the remote switch automatically initiates the pre-set 
suction. 


EPROM Jack (Covered) 

The EPROM jack located under the secured cover is to be used only by qualified 
Valleylab service technicians to update the smoke evacuator’s software. 


Equipotential Grounding Lug 

The equipotential grounding lug provides an alternate rout for electrical energy 
back to ground when attached to an earth-ground cable. 


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Before Surgery 


This section contains procedures for: 

• Periodic Inspection 

• Initial installation 

• Checking and testing the smoke evacuator prior to use 

• Preparing for evacuation of dry smoke (open procedure) 

• Preparing for evacuation of smoke and incidental fluids 
(open procedure) 


Caution 


Read all warnings, cautions, and instructions provided with this smoke evacuator 
before using. 

Read the instructions, warnings, and cautions provided with smoke evacuator 
accessories before using. Specific instructions are not included in this manual. 


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Periodic Inspection 


Periodic Inspection 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator should be visually inspected at least every year. 
This inspection should include checks for: 

• Damage to the power cord. 

• Damage to the power plug. 

• Tightness of the power plug. 

• Proper mating, cleanliness and absence of damage to the filter inlet. 

• Obvious external or internal damage to the system. 


Initial Installation 


To prepare the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator for use, you must verify that the filter 
is installed, connect the appropriate tubing, and check the performance of the 
smoke evacuator indicators and controls. 

Notice 

Stacking the smoke evacuator on top of a generator may cause an unstable 
condition and/or cause the smoke evacuator to overheat. 


1. Inspect the power cord for any signs of visible damage. If it is in good 
condition, plug the power cord into a grounded wall receptacle. 


Warning 


Connect the smoke evacuator power cord to a properly grounded, hospital grade 
receptacle of the correct voltage. Plug the power cord directly into the power 
receptacle without any extension cords and/or adapter plugs. 


2. Insert a RapidVac SEA3700 filter into the square opening on the right side of 
the smoke evacuator. Slide the filter into place until it is fully seated and the 
locking mechanism clicks into place. 



3. Turn on power to the smoke evacuator by pressing the on switch (I ) located 
on the front panel. 


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Initial Installation 


4. The smoke evacuator performs a self test. Verify that all LEDs are illuminated 
during the test. When the test is complete, the RapidVac is placed in standby 
mode signified by an illuminated power on LED within the fan symbol and no 
active suction. 

5. (Optional) Connect the RapidVac Remote Switch Activator (SEA3740) to the 
Remote Switch jack on the back panel of the smoke evacuator. Use only the 
RapidVac Remote Switch Activator. Other remote units are not compatible. 

6. (Optional) Connect the Generator Interlink Cable (SEA3730) to the Remote 
Switch jack on the back panel of the smoke evacuator. and to the rear panel of 
the compatible Valleylab generator. Use only the Valleylab Interlink Cable. 
Other cables may not be compatible. 



7. (Optional) Connect the RapidVac Footswitch to the front panel of the smoke 
evacuator. Use only Valleylab footswitches with the RapidVac Smoke 
Evacuator. 


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Checking the Smoke Evacuator 


Checking the Smoke Evacuator 

Before each use, test the following smoke evacuator components to verify 
performance: 

• RapidVac ULPA filter 

• Airflow controls 

• Footswitch (as applicable) 

• Remote switch activator (as applicable) 

• Generator interlink (as applicable) 

If the system does not respond as indicated below, refer to Chapter 6, 
Troubleshooting. 


Checking the Remaining Filter Life 

RapidVac Smoke Evacuator filters have a use duration of 25 hours. As a filter is 
used, information about the amount of time the individual filter has been used is 
stored on the filter’s RFID tag. Whenever a new or previously used filter is 
inserted, the smoke evacuator reads the stored information from the tag. The 
remaining filter life is visually displayed by the corresponding number of filter 
life indicators on the smoke evacuator front panel. 

1. Turn on the smoke evacuator and insert a filter. 

2. Check the filter life indicators on the front panel to verify the filter has ample 
remaining time to complete a procedure. 


Illuminated Filter Life 
Indicators 

Remaining Use 

All 

25 to 20 hours 

4 

20 to 15 hours 

3 

15 to 10 hours 

2 

10 to 5 hours 

1 (green) 

5 hours to 1 hour 

1 (amber) 

less than 1 hour 

1 (flashing amber) 

less than 30 minutes 


Important 

Replace the filter when indicated. Failure to replace the filter may reduce airflow 
and compromise the efficiency of the filter. 


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Checking the Smoke Evacuator 


Changing the Filter 


Warning 


The ULPA filter captures potentially hazardous particles. Handle used filters as 
you would any biohazardous material. Dispose of filters with other operative 
waste materials according to the procedures for your institution. 


1. Remove the filter by depressing the locking tab on the top edge of the filter 
while pulling the filter straight out of the opening. 

2 . Dispose of the filter with other operative waste according to the procedures 
for your institution. 

3 . Install a new filter in the smoke evacuator as described earlier in this section. 


Testing the Airflow Controls 


Warning 


The smoke evacuator produces a strong vacuum. Properly adjust the airflow and 
the position of the inlet end of the wand or tubing to prevent patient injury and to 
prevent suction of surgical materials and surgical specimens. 

You can start, stop, and change the vacuum airflow rate when the smoke 
evacuator is on. Illuminated LEDs display the airflow setting. Each pressing of 
the up-arrow ( /+\ ) or down-arrow (\^/) increases or decreases suction by 20%. 

There are five suction flow indicator LEDs that light in succession. Turbo Mode 
illuminates the sixth LED next to the Turbo button. 


Suction Flow 

Illuminated Suction Flow 
Indicators 

No suction (Standby Mode) 

None (LED at the center of the fan 
symbol blinks) 

20% motor speed 

1 

40% motor speed 

2 

60% motor speed 

3 

80% motor speed 

4 

100% motor speed 

5 

Turbo Mode (100%) 

6 


1. Verify that the filter is installed properly. 

2 . Ensure that the power cord is plugged into a hospital grade power receptacle. 


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Checking the Smoke Evacuator 


3 . Turn on the smoke evacuator by pressing the power on switch ( |) on the 
lower left of the front panel. The smoke evacuator powers up with the fan 
motor off (standby mode). The LED in the center of the fan symbol blinks 
indicating power is on. 

4 . Press the up-arrow i /+\ l button once to start suction at the lowest air-flow 
setting. 

5 . Press the up-arrow ( /+\ 1 button and pause briefly to progress to the next level 
of suction. Verify that the level of suction noticeably increases with each 
progression. 

6. When all suction flow LEDs are lit steadily (100% motor speed), press the 
down-arrow (\^/) button repeatedly to regress through the settings to the 
lowest setting. 


Installing and Testing the Footswitch (optional) 

Only use the Valley lab Footswitch with the smoke evacuator. Other footswitches 
are not compatible. 

1. Turn on the smoke evacuator. 

2 . Connect the footswitch cord to the footswitch jack on the front panel. 

3 . Turn on the airflow to any setting. 

4 . Press the footswitch once to turn off the airflow. 

5 . Press the footswitch again to activate the airflow. 


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Checking the Smoke Evacuator 


Installing and Testing the Remote Switch Activator 

(optional) 

Use the Valley lab Remote Switch Activator with any of Valley lab’s 

electrosurgical pencils and generators. 

1 . Select a location on the generator near the speaker where the Remote Switch 
Activator is to be mounted. 

2 . Clean the surface of the selected area with alcohol. Allow the alcohol to 
evaporate. 

3 . Remove the backing from the gasket on the RSA. 

4 . Affix the RSA to the generator. 

5 . Plug the RSA connector into the Remote Activator jack located on the back 
panel of the smoke evacuator. 

6. Turn on the smoke evacuator and press the up-arrow t /+V ) button twice to 
illuminate the first two air flow indicators (40% motor speed). 

7 . Set up the surgical pencil and generator as instructed in their user 
documentation. If the generator’s audible-tone volume can be adjusted, set it 
at 50%. 

8. Initiate programming the Remote Switch Activator by pressing the 
Program/Reset button continually for 10 seconds. 

9 . Set the generator to cut mode. 

10. Activate the generator in cut mode until the smoke evacuator motor starts. 
Depending on the generator, this may take up to 40 seconds. 

11 . When the smoke evacuator motor starts, deactivate the generator in cut mode. 

Important 

Do not activate the generator in cut mode again until the Remote Switch Activator 
has been programmed in coag mode. 


12 . Set the generator to coag mode. 

13. Activate the generator in coag mode until the smoke evacuator motor starts. 
Depending on the generator, this may take up to 40 seconds. 

14. When the smoke evacuator motor starts, deactivate the generator in coag 
mode. 


Important 

If the generator has only one tone, program this same tone into the Remote 
Switch Activator memory. 

If both the cut and coag tones are not activating the smoke evacuator reprogram 
the Remote Switch Activator. Disconnect the Remote Switch Activator from the 
smoke evacuator, then re-connect. Repeat the programming instructions 
beginning with step 8. 


The Remote Switch Activator is now programmed. Powering on and off the 
RapidVac Smoke Evacuator is now controlled by the generator and Remote 
Switch Activator. 


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Checking the Smoke Evacuator 


Important 

If the attached smoke evacuator is to be disconnected from the generator, unplug 
the Remote Switch Activator from the smoke evacuator. The Remote Switch 
Activator should remain affixed to the generator to which it was programmed. The 
RapidVac Smoke Evacuator cannot be operated manually or with a footswitch 
while the Remote Switch Activator is plugged into the smoke evacuator. 

If the Remote Switch Activator is moved to another generator, it must be 
reprogrammed using the steps in this section. 


Installing and Testing the Generator Interlink Cable 

(optional) 

The Generator Interlink Cable attaches to a RapidVac Smoke Evacuator and a 
compatible Valleylab generator to synchronize smoke evacuation with the 
activation of the generator. The cable is compatible with the Valleylab generator 
models Force FX™, ForceEZ™, and ForceTriad™. 

1. Turn power off and unplug the smoke evacuator and generator from the power 
source. 

2. Remove the metal cover plate in the center of the generator back panel to 
access optional ports. 

3. Plug the interlink cable into the generator RF Activation port. 

4 . Plug the interlink cable into the Remote Activator jack on the back panel of 
the smoke evacuator. 

5. Plug the generator and smoke evacuator into outlets of proper voltage. 

6. Turn power on to both devices. 

7. When the generator and smoke evacuator have completed their self tests, set 
the level of suction to be used when the smoke evacuator is activated. 

8. Press press the up-arrow f /+\ f button until reaching the desired pre-setting. 

9. Press the RapidVac+ button. 

The pre-set suction level is now selected. The smoke evacuator continues to run 
and suction reduces to a minimal level. Use of the surgical pencil will 
automatically activate the RapidVac to the pre-set suction level. When the pencil 
is deactivated, the smoke evacuator will return to minimal suction. 


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Setting Up the Smoke Evacuator 


Setting Up the Smoke Evacuator 


Warning 


Connect the smoke evacuator power cord to a properly grounded receptacle. 
Plug the power cord directly into the power receptacle without any adapter plugs. 
Use of power plug adapters may result in electric shock. 

Use of extension cords may result in fire hazards. 


After the initial installation, set up the smoke evacuator for use. 


Mounting the Smoke Evacuator 

The smoke evacuator may be mounted in the following locations: 

• The Valleylab UC8009 Universal Mounting Cart—primary, secondary, or 
suspended shelf 

• ForceTriad Cart FT900 

• Boom systems 

• Stable, flat surfaces 

This section describes how to set up for the following procedures: 

• Open procedure—evacuating dry smoke 

• Open procedure—evacuating smoke and incidental fluids 

Open Procedure—Evacuating Dry Smoke 

Notice 

Connecting multiple lengths of tubing together may cause the smoke evacuator 
to overheat. 

1. Verify the installed fdter has enough available fdter life to complete the 
procedure. 

2. Connect your choice of tubing to the corresponding fdter tubing connection. 

Notice 

Do not connect more than one set of tubing to the smoke evacuator filter at one 
time. Suction levels and air flow will be adversely affected. 


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Setting Up the Smoke Evacuator 


Open Procedure—Evacuating Smoke and incidental 
Fluids 

The primary function of the smoke evacuator is to evacuate surgical smoke. A 
fluid canister is recommended to prevent the filters from getting wet when 
evacuating smoke that may contain incidental fluids. 


Notice 

Fluids may damage the filters. When evacuating smoke and incidental fluids, 
always use the appropriate tubing and fluid canister. 

Check the fluid level in the canister frequently during surgery. If the fluid canister 
overfills, smoke evacuator damage will result. 

Connecting multiple lengths of tubing together may cause the smoke evacuator 
to overheat. 


1. Verify the installed filter has enough available filter life to complete the 
procedure. 

2. Insert a fluid canister in-line with the smoke evacuator tubing. 


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apter 


During Surgery 


This chapter covers the following topics: 

• Minimizing airflow noise 

• Changing and adjusting airflow 

• Checking the tubing 

• Checking the prefilter 

• Checking the sponge guard 


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Initiating Airflow 


Initiating Airflow 


Warning 


The smoke evacuator produces a strong vacuum. Adjust the airflow and the 
position of the inlet end of the wand or tubing to prevent patient injury and to 
prevent suction of surgical materials and surgical specimens. 

If the smoke evacuator is activated while the airflow is set to a high speed, it may 
produce a sudden, strong suction action. Check the airflow setting before 
activating the smoke evacuator to prevent patient injury and to prevent suction of 
surgical materials and surgical specimens. 

The smoke evacuation filter has a life of approximately 25 hours of use and 
should not be used beyond the specified time. If the Replace Filter indicator 
illuminates during operation, the smoke evacuator will continue to run until it is 
turned off. Turning power off to the smoke evacuator will require replacement of 
the filter before subsequent use. 

This device is not intended for the evacuation of fluid. If fluid is expected to be 
aspirated to the smoke evacuation filter, a fluid collection device must be installed 
with the vacuum hose assembly. Failure to install a fluid collection device could 
cause filter blockage and electrical damage. Contact Valleylab Service for 
additional information. 


Caution 


To maximize patient safety, the tubing or wand should not come in direct contact 

with tissue. Otherwise, patient injury may result. 

1. Verify that all tubing is connected. 

2 . Turn on the smoke evacuator by pressing the power on switch ( |) on the front 
panel. The smoke evacuator powers up with the fan motor off. The smoke 
evacuator is in standby mode which is indicated by a blinking LED in the 
center of the fan symbol. 

3 . Press the up-arrow f /+Y ) button once to start suction at the lowest air-flow 
setting. 


Minimizing Noise 


The higher the power setting, the greater the noise. Minimize noise by using a 
lower power setting. Effectiveness of a lower power setting can be maximized by 
using a larger diameter tubing and/or positioning the tubing closer to the source of 
smoke. 


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Variables Affecting Airflow 


Variables Affecting Airflow 

The following factors may affect airflow: 

• Diameter of the tubing—with larger diameter tubing, airflow improves 

• Airflow settings 

• Attachments 


Changing the Airflow 

You can change the airflow while the smoke evacuator is in use. 

1. Adjust the air flow by pressing the up-arrow t /+\ l to increase or the down- 
arrow (\/) button to decrease. 

2 . Verify that the indicator illuminates for the speed setting you selected. 


Periodic Checks 


During surgery periodically check the accessories described below. 


Tubing 

Check for clogged, occluded, or kinked tubing during surgery. 


Sponge Guard 

If a sponge guard is in use, ensure it is fully attached to the sterile tubing to 
prevent suction of surgical materials. 


Filter Life Indicator 

Monitor the remaining life of the filter by viewing the Filter Life Indicator LEDs 
on the smoke evacuator front panel. 


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After Surgery 


This chapter covers the following topics: 


• Preparing the smoke evacuator for reuse 

• Cleaning the smoke evacuator 


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Preparing the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator for Reuse 


Preparing the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator for Reuse 

After surgery, prepare the smoke evacuator for reuse by performing the following 
procedures: 

• Remove the tubing 

• Clean the smoke evacuator 


Caution 


Do not reuse or resterilize accessories labeled “disposable” or “single use only.” 


Removing the Tubing 


Warning 


The tubing and filter capture potentially hazardous particles. When removed, 
handle as you would any biohazardous material. Dispose of these items with 
other operative waste materials according to the procedures for your institution. 


1. Press the power switch (O) on the front panel to turn off the smoke evacuator. 

2. If applicable, disconnect the tubing from any reusable instrument that will not 
be discarded with the tubing. 

3 . Disconnect the tubing from the smoke evacuator. 


Cleaning the Smoke Evacuator 


Warning 


Always turn off and unplug the smoke evacuator before cleaning. 

The tubing and filter capture potentially hazardous particles. When removed, 
handle as you would any biohazardous material. Dispose of these items with 
other operative waste materials according to the procedures for your institution. 

Wear appropriate protective gear when cleaning the filter ports and covering flap 
to avoid coming in contact with incidental contaminants on these surfaces. 


Notice 

Do not rub, touch, or clean the smoke evacuator with alcohol or caustic, corrosive 
or abrasive cleaning or disinfectant compounds, solvents, or other materials that 
could scratch the control panel or damage the smoke evacuator. 

Do not autoclave, pressure sterilize, or gas sterilize the smoke evacuator. 

Keep the smoke evacuator away from liquids. Liquids that enter the smoke 
evacuator will damage internal components. Do not spray liquid cleaner into the 
filter ports. 


1. Ensure that the power switch on the front panel is off (O). 

2 . Disconnect the power cord from the wall receptacle. 


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Cleaning the Smoke Evacuator 


3 . Disconnect tubing as directed in the previous section. 

4 . Thoroughly wipe all external surfaces with a mild detergent or disinfectant. 

5 . Thoroughly clean both sides of the flap covering the filter ports. Do not spray 
liquid cleaner into the filter ports. 

6. Clean the surface around the filter ports. Do not spray liquid cleaner into the 
filter ports. Follow procedures approved by your institution, or use a validated 
infection-control procedure. 


Warning 


Wear protective gloves when cleaning around filter ports. Do not place fingers 
into ports or touch the internal surface of the ULPA filter. Contaminants may be 
present. 

7 . Ensure the smoke evacuator is completely dry before use. 

8. Reconnect the power cord to the wall receptacle. 


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Troubleshooting 


This chapter describes solutions to problems that may occur when 
operating the smoke evacuator. 

If the smoke evacuator is not functioning properly, use the 
information in this section to help identify and correct the 
malfunction. 


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Inspecting the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator 


Inspecting the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator 

If there is a problem with the operation of the smoke evacuator, inspect the unit 
for obvious conditions that can cause a malfunction: 

• Check for visible signs of damage 

• Verify the connections of all cables and tubing 

• Verify proper filter installation 

• Verify that the power switch is on and the power-on indicator LED in the 
center of the fan symbol is blinking. 

• Check the filter life indicators to ensure the filter has available filter time 
remaining. 


Correcting Specific Malfunctions 

If a solution to the problem is not readily apparent, use the following table to help 
identify and correct specific malfunctions. After you correct the malfunction, 
verify that the smoke evacuator is in proper working order. 


Situation 

Possible Cause 

Recommended Action 

Smoke evacuator is on but there is 
minimal or no vacuum or airflow at 
the wand or tubing 

Improperly installed ULPA filter 

Ensure the ULPA filter is properly 
installed. Reposition if necessary. 

Clogged tubing 

Unclog/replace the tubing. 


Clogged ULPA filter 

Replace the filter. 


Obstructed or malfunctioning motor 
and/or blower 

Contact Valleylab service for 
assistance. 

Smoke evacuator does not adsorb 
odors 

Charcoal component of the filter has 
expired 

Replace the filter. 

Smoke evacuator does not 
operate 

Disconnected or faulty power cord 

Check and correct the power cord 
connections. Check the cord for 
damage. Replace cord if needed. 


No power from wall receptacle (power 
cord is connected to wall receptacle, 
but Mode Indicator is not illuminated) 

Check the power at the wall 
receptacle. Connect power cord to a 
functional wall receptacle. 


Power switch on the front panel is off 
(0) 

Turn the power switch on (|). 


Fuses damaged 

Check the fuses to see if they have 
burned through from being over 
loaded or otherwise damaged. 

Replace fuses if needed. 


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Correcting Specific Malfunctions 


Situation 

Possible Cause 

Recommended Action 

Footswitch does not activate 
smoke evacuator when Footswitch 
mode is selected 

Improperly connected footswitch 

Check that the footswitch is securely 
connected at the front of the smoke 
evacuator. 


Malfunctioning footswitch 

Replace the footswitch. 


Incorrect footswitch connected to the 
smoke evacuator 

Connect the RapidVac Footswitch 
(SEA3745) to the smoke evacuator. 


Filter incorrectly installed 

Reinstall the filter. Ensure that the 
filter is fully seated in the smoke 
evacuator and the securing tab locks 
into place. 


Malfunction in the smoke evacuator 

Contact Valleylab service. 

Indicator LEDs do not illuminate 

No electrical power 

Refer to electrical utility maintenance. 


Fuses damaged 

Check the fuses to see if they have 
burned through from being over 
loaded or otherwise damaged. 

Replace fuses if needed. 


Malfunction in the smoke evacuator 

Contact Valleylab service. 

Motor does not run, but Power On 
LED illuminates 

Filter incorrectly installed 

Reinstall the filter. Ensure the filter is 
fully seated in the smoke evacuator 
and the securing tab locks into place. 


Malfunction in smoke evacuator 

Contact Valleylab service. 

ESU remote does not activate 
when RapidVac mode is selected 

Generator interlink cable incorrectly 
installed 

Ensure the generator interlink is 
properly connected to the rear panel 
of the smoke evacuator and the 
Valleylab generator. 


Remote Switch Activator incorrectly 
installed 

Ensure the Remote Switch Activator 
is connected to the rear of the smoke 

evacuator. 


or 


Check the ESU pencil lead installation 
on the electrosurgery sensor bobbin. 

ULPA filter incorrectly installed 

Reinstall the filter. Ensure the filter is 
fully seated in the smoke evacuator 
and the securing tab locks into place. 


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Maintenance and Repair 


Refer to this chapter for information on: 

• Routine maintenance 

• The manufacturer’s responsibility 

• Returning the smoke evacuator for service 

• Service centers 


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Routine Maintenance 


Routine Maintenance 

The RapidVac Smoke Evacuator requires very little maintenance. Periodically, 
you must check the power cord and replace the filter. Periodic inspections and 
performance tests are recommended by a qualified biomedical technician to 
ensure safe and efficient operation. 


Checking the Power Cord 

inspect the power cord each time you use the smoke evacuator, or at intervals 
recommended by your institution. Make sure the power cord is in good working 
condition, without exposed wires, cracks, or frayed areas. 


Removing the RapidVac Filter 

The filter removes odorous gases and submicron particles from surgical smoke. 

Important 

If the Replace Filter indicator illuminates, remove and replace the filter. Failure to 
do so may reduce airflow and compromise the efficiency of the filter. 


Warning 


The ULPA filter captures potentially hazardous particles. Handle used filters as 
you would any biohazardous material. Dispose of filters with other operative 
waste materials according to the procedures for your institution. 


1. Ensure that the smoke evacuator power switch on the front panel is off (O). 

2 . Depress the locking tab on the top edge of the filter and pull straight out of the 
smoke evacuator. 

3 . Dispose of the filter with other operative waste materials according to the 
procedures for your institution. 


Responsibility of the Manufacturer 

Valleylab is responsible for the safety, reliability, and performance of the smoke 

evacuator only under the following circumstances: 

• Installation and setup procedures in this manual are followed. 

• Readjustments, modifications, or repairs to the unit are carried out by persons 
authorized by Valleylab. 

• The electrical installation of the relevant room complies with local codes and 
regulatory requirements, such as UL. 

• The accessories are used in accordance with the Valleylab instructions for 
use. 

For warranty information, refer to the Warranty at the beginning of this guide. 


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Obtaining a Return Authorization Number 


Obtaining a Return Authorization Number 

Notice 

For repairs, return the smoke evacuator to Valleylab. 

Before you return the smoke evacuator, call the Valleylab Customer Service 
Department (1-800-255-8522) for a Return Authorization Number or call your 
Valleylab Representative for assistance. 

Have the following information ready when you call: 

• Hospital/clinic name/customer number 

• Telephone number 

• Department/address, city, state, and zip code 

• Model number 

• Serial number 

• Description of the problem 


Returning the Smoke Evacuator for Service 

Follow this procedure when returning the smoke evacuator for service. Service 
center information is provided below. 

1. Remove the fdter and any attached tubing and fluid container. 


Warning 


The ULPA filter captures potentially hazardous particles. Handle used filters as 
you would any biohazardous material. Dispose of filters with other operative 
waste materials according to the procedures for your institution. 


2 . Clean the smoke evacuator thoroughly. Follow the procedures approved by 
your institution or use a validated infection control procedure. 

3 . Attach a tag to the smoke evacuator that includes the Return Authorization 
Number and the information listed above (i.e., hospital, phone number, etc.). 

4 . Be sure the smoke evacuator is completely dry. Then, package the smoke 
evacuator in its original shipping container, if available. 

5 . When you receive the Return Authorization Number, ship the smoke 
evacuator prepaid according to Valleylab's instructions. 


Service Centers 


For a complete list of service centers worldwide, please refer to the Valleylab 
website: 

http://www.valleylab.com/valleylab/international/service-world.html 


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Accessories 


The accessories listed in this chapter are recommended for use 
with the RapidVac Smoke Evacuator. Accessories can be ordered 
through your Valleylab Sales Representative. 


Product 

RapidVac Filter 

Tubing, 6 mm x 3 m (1/4 in x 10 ft), sterile 

Tubing, 10 mm x 3 m (3/8 in x 10 ft), sterile 

Tubing with Sponge Guard, 2 cm x 3 m (7/8 in x 10 ft), sterile 

Laparoscopic Tubing Kit with Valve 

Wand, Laser Resistant, 2 cm x 20 cm (7/8 in x 8 in) 

Generator Interlink Cable 

AccuVac Attachment with Tubing, 10 mm x 3 m (3/8 in x 10 ft) 
RapidVac Remote Switch Activator 
RapidVac Footswitch 


Catalog No 

SEA3700 

SEA3705 

SEA3710 

SEA3715 

SEA3720 

SEA3725 

SEA3730 

SEA3735 

SEA3740 

SEA3745 


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