Cause of Device-Related Incident
*Not stated

Clinical Specialty or Hospital Department
Clinical/Biomedical Engineering; Facilities Engineering; Home Healthcare; Pulmonary / Respiratory Therapy

Device Factors
*Not stated

Document Type

External Factors
*Not stated

Mechanism of Injury or Death
Barotrauma; 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 internationally)
  • Make sure cylinder is secured against tipping or rolling, even when empty.
  • 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.


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