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Medical GasInspection & Maintenance (Medical Gas)

Q: The accreditation standard states that we must test, inspect and maintain critical components of piped medical gas systems. The standard does not have a prescribed frequency, but it does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 28, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)

Q: I have a question regarding medical gas cylinder storage. We have a gas manifold room in a business occupancy that meets the room requirements for quantities that exceed 3,000 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: Presently there is an interpretation at our facilities that "E" cylinders of oxygen that are "In Use" or "Not Empty" is an allowable title for storing oxygen tanks versus …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 4, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: How many E-cylinders are permitted per smoke compartment and do "partials" count as part of the quantity? A: Basically, you can have an unlimited number of ‘E’ cylinders per …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 4, 2020
Medical GasGas Cylinders

Q: One of our Surgery centers recently had a DOH life safety inspection and they were told they need to individually chain each Medgas compressed gas cylinder. If I remember correctly …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 2, 2020
Medical GasSigns (Medical Gas)

Q: What signs are needed for a manifold room with Oxygen, Nitrous Oxide, Medical Air, and Carbon Dioxide that is behind 2 doors? A: According to NFPA 99-2012, section 11341, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: We recently had our triennial accreditation survey and the surveyors are saying that each individual oxygen tank must be labeled as being ‘Full’ or ‘Empty’, even though the rack …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Oxygen CylindersGas Cylinders

Q: Can E-cylinders be stored in a closet where people hang their jackets even if they are in an acceptable storage cart? A: Yes… up to a certain number of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 6, 2020
Medical GasArticleEquipment (Medical Gas)

Q: As a hospital security assessor, I am concerned about the availability of hospital gases in Behavioral Health Units. It would be easy for a patient to pull the tab …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 8, 2018
Medical GasArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: We had a finding from a recent Joint Commission survey on EC. 02.01.01, EP 3. When the surveyor told us about it, he said it related back to an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 16, 2015
Q&AMedical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Doors

Q: I have an existing medical gas storage room in an outpatient surgery center that was constructed with 1-hour barriers and ¾ hour fire rated door. A surveyor cited me …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 25, 2015
Control ValvesNFPA 99Medical GasArticle

I was recently a bystander amongst a discussion of healthcare facility industry experts, debating the NFPA requirements concerning the accessibility of medical gas shutoff valves in healthcare institutions. The original …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 4, 2014
Joint CommissionMedical GasArticle

Did you notice the January 29, 2012 issue of the Joint Commission Online? Among other articles, they had an article called "Clarification of storage requirements for freestanding medical gas cylinders" …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 20, 2014
Q&AGas ManifoldsMedical Gas

Q: We have a situation in our Lab where they would like to purchase another incubator that requires additional CO2 gas. The problem is that we do not have a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 3, 2014
NFPA 99Medical GasArticle

I received this picture recently from a good friend who works in a hospital, and is responsible for plumbing and power plant operation. He wanted to know if the medical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 19, 2013
Q&AMedical Gas

Q: I came across a medical gas shutoff valve that was located behind an access panel in a small storage closet in a surgery department. The closet was packed and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 4, 2013
Q&AMedical Gas

Q: What is the distance needed to prevent obstructing medical gas shut-off valves? Is it just not having anything directly in front of the valve itself - or does it have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 21, 2013
Medical GasArticle

Ever see any of these devices in your hospital? If so, special needs and precautions are required to continue to use them. These devices contain liquid oxygen and they are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2012

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