With the current COVID-19 pandemic causing a huge spike in the demand for medical gas equipment, hospitals have stocked up on medical gases ranging from oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, to helium. Medical oxygen, in particular, is an important part of the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients who are in intensive care units.
While life-saving, these medical gases should be handled with proper caution and the existing storage regulations should be followed to ensure safety. However, keeping them well organized for use in intensive care units, emergency and operation theatres can be quite a task. In this blog, we will share a few tips to make the organization process easier.
Ventilation is key
To prevent accidents make sure that the room in which all the medical gas is stored is properly ventilated. A good idea would be to install a mechanical ventilation system.
Do ensure that the rooms are constructed out of non-combustible materials and have a lockable door. In addition to this, make sure that the area is dry and does not have corrosive products.
Secure the cylinders
Always store cylinders in an upright position. Medical gas services experts recommend that you store them in racks and use safety chains and commercial-grade straps to prevent them from tumbling around. Small-capacity compressed gas cylinders are required to be placed horizontally when not in use. Purchase appropriate racks to store them securely instead of lining them on the floor. Also, ensure that the valve protectors are always in place.
Keep non-compatible gases apart
A hospital's medical gas services' storage room houses different types of gases. To avoid dangerous fires and accidents, make sure that you have proper signs that help people identify the gases. Ideally, empty cylinders should have a place of their own and the pathways that help people bring out cylinders should be clutter-free.
Keeping non-compatible gases far apart from each other is crucial, especially if your facility stores a lot of cylinders. Keep flammable ones at least 20 feet away from the oxidizers. Or, you can store oxygen cylinders in enclosed cabinets with a fire rating of at least 30 minutes.