Cause of Device-Related Incident*Not stated
Clinical Specialty or Hospital DepartmentClinical/Biomedical Engineering; Facilities Engineering; Home Healthcare; Pulmonary / Respiratory Therapy
Device Factors*Not stated
External Factors*Not stated
Mechanism of Injury or DeathBarotrauma; Failure to deliver therapy; Fire
Support System Failures*Not stated
Tampering and/or Sabotage*Not stated
User Errors*Not stated
Handle High-Pressure Oxygen with Care
Check cylinder, regulator, and flowmeter for O2 labeling and color code (green in the United States, white
Make sure cylinder is secured against tipping or rolling, even when
Check regulator gauge and cylinder tag to ensure sufficient
O2 supply. Is reserve tank ready?
Briefly "crack" open cylinder valve and reclose to clear
opening of debris before connecting regulator.
Regulator temperature may momentarily exceed 1,000° F--reduce fire
hazard by keeping inner surfaces free of oil and dirt (even from
fingers) when making connections.
DO NOT SMOKE where O2 is stored, used, or transported. Instruct
patients and visitors accordingly, and post appropriate signs. Prohibit
children's toys that spark.
Do not empty cylinder below 150 psi. Close valve, remove regulator
and flowmeter, and display EMPTY tag.
Do not disassemble regulator for cleaning or repair. If defective or
possibly damaged, return to manufacturer for service.