Using Portable Hyperbaric O2 Chambers in Patient Rooms
User Experience Network™ [Health Devices Oct 1989;18(10):366]
Is it safe to use portable hyperbaric oxygen chambers in patient care
rooms? We intend to use these devices for wound therapy on limbs.
We believe that it is safe to use these devices in patients rooms as long
as you take certain precautions. Many of these precautions are outlined in chapter 19 of
NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities (although much of this chapter applies to
multiple occupancy or full-body chambers).
In general, you should take the same precautions with portable hyperbaric
chambers as you would with any devices that create an oxygen-enriched atmosphere (oxygen
hoods, ventilators, and oxygen masks and cannulas):
- Remove all highly combustible materials from the
- Measure the level of oxygen at various distances
from the device during operation and after operation with the chamber fully
vented to atmosphere.
- Place any electrical appliances (e.g., televisions)
not listed for use in an oxygen-enriched environment at least five ft from
any point where greater than 23.5% oxygen is measured during the oxygen
- Move equipment or personal items (e.g., clothing,
jewelry) likely to produce static discharges at least five ft from the
- Place the hyperbaric chambers on a regular
preventive maintenance schedule for cleaning and to verify proper operation.
- Remove any debris or grease from the devices before use or after
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