A level of spare parts determined by routine replacement as documented on the Medical/ Dental Equipment Maintenance Record (NAVMED 6700/3).
Proper stock objectives. Normally stock objectives for extended deployments should contain all of the materials specified in the ADAL plus an additional 90 days worth of supplies. The dental department head, with approval of the force dental officer, determines supply augmentations necessary to support embarked USMC dental officers on extended deployments. Departments may need non- ADAL items to meet anticipated requirements during a specific cruise.
A major cause of equipment failure is the quality of care and how the equipment is used. Proper preventive maintenance by operators will prolong the economic life of the equipment, avoid costly repairs, and provide safe, dependable equipment. Operators (Dental Technicians) are responsible for performing preventive maintenance before, during, and after operation of the equipment. Review and retain instruction pamphlets accompanying each piece of equipment. You should also become thoroughly familiar with the equipment before you operate it. You should always inspect the equipment for cleanliness, missing or broken knobs, frayed electrical cords, and so forth. If you should have a minor problem with a piece of equipment, check with your LCPO or LPO before attempting to correct it. Major repair problems will be reported to the fleet dental equipment repair technician.
Fleet dental equipment repair technicians are responsible for performing and documenting all preventive maintenance and repairs of dental equipment that require a repair technician on the NAVMED 6700/3. This form has been discussed in Dental Technician, Chapter 11, "Dental Safety and Equipment." Please note that this does not relieve you of your responsibility of performing daily and scheduled maintenance of equipment that is documented and reported through the ship's 3-M Systems. The use of equipment Maintenance Requirements Cards (MRCs) on all dental equipment is used throughout the fleet under the 3-M Systems.
The Navy's 3-M Systems stands for maintenance, material, and management. The 3-M Systems are the nucleus for managing maintenance aboard all ships and applicable shore station equipment. This system provides all maintenance and material managers throughout the Navy with a means to plan, acquire, organize, direct, control, and evaluate the manpower and material resources expended or planned for expenditure in support of maintenance. OPNAVINST 4790.4 provides guidance for the program. As a basic dental assistant, you will be responsible for a part of the 3-M Systems that covers the 3-M PMS (Planned Maintenance System). The PMS program was developed to provide the organizational level with the tools to plan, schedule, and control planned maintenance effectively. The maintenance procedures developed for planned maintenance are the minimum standards required to maintain equipment within specifications.
The dental officer (department head) is responsible for the effective operation of the 3-M Systems within the dental department. The Dental Officer reports to the 3-M Systems coordinator who in turn reports to the 3-M Systems manager (ships XO). The commanding officer has overall responsibility for ensuring ship maintenance is accomplished following 3-M Systems procedures and that the 3-M Systems functions effectively within the command.
Division Officer If the dental department is large enough, a division officer will be responsible to the department head and will be trained in the 3-M Systems. The division officer assists in managing the maintenance required for the equipment within the dental division of responsibility (this includes all dental equipment and ships equipment such as fan rooms, water tight doors, valves, and hatches within the dental spaces of the ship).
Ship's divisions such as dental and medical may have chief petty officers who are responsible for two orContinue Reading