Apr 20, 2022

Medical gas is a necessity for any hospital or healthcare facility to maintain its systems and success. If you’re new to the industry, you need to know the most common gasses, know how to use them, and understand the equipment and accessories required to ensure their uninterrupted supply, such as medical gas regulators.

Common Medical Gasses Used in Hospitals

Medical Air: Patients need clean air for their respiration needs. Medical air fulfills those needs by supplying clean, compressed air with no odors. It is kept dry to prevent the building up of water in the gas pipeline. Medical air also helps a surgeon keep a patient comfortable in the operating room.

Oxygen: Oxygen is the next in the row. It is an essential gas and a part of every facility. The gas is used for a variety of conditions, including but not limited to life support, trauma, resuscitation, severe hemorrhage, shock, cyanosis, carbon monoxide poisoning, and COPD.

Carbon Dioxide: It may come as a shock to many, but the gas is widely used for a myriad of less invasive surgeries. Carbon Dioxide is blown into the patient’s body cavity, allowing the surgeon to gain improved visibility and access to the surgical area by enlarging and stabilizing the body cavity.

Helium: Helium is used as an alternative to Carbon Dioxide sometimes. The gas is mainly used in critical conditions. Helium is believed to help prevent respiratory acidosis arising from the lungs’ inability to remove all the CO2 produced by the body.

Nitrogen: Nitrogen is another common gas used in hospitals — not for patients but to power tools when the instrument air is not available.

Common Medical Components Used in Hospitals

A medical gas pressure regulator is a valve system used to control the flow and pressure of gasses from cylinders to facilities. As the gasses inside the cylinders are high-pressure in nature, a regulator is required to ensure their controlled release and supply, making it one of the essential medical gas components used in hospitals.

Another essential component category is medical gas vacuum pumps used to suck and remove aggressive products from enclosed areas. For instance, medical vacuum systems are used in operating rooms for the aspiration of anesthesia, protecting the staff against its harsh side effects. Other crucial components include line isolation monitors, vacuum regulators, medical air flow meters, medical gas fittings, and more.

The Bottom Line

Medical gasses are essential for effective patient treatment and the facility’s success. Using quality components is the secret to ensuring their flawless supply. At the same time, it is vital to find energy-efficient systems that help enhance sustainability. The key to success is to reach out to an experienced medical gas product and service company well-versed in everything related to medical gas.
At Medical Testing Solutions, we offer technologically-advanced pressure regulators designed to deliver life-saving and highly important medical gasses from one central location in an efficient manner, ultimately reducing facility costs. If you’re looking for an efficient Oxygen gas pressure regulator, reach out to us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, MTS has various partnerships with a number of medical gas installation contractors. Each sub contractor employees qualifying ASSE 6010 Medical Gas Installers ready to meet your needs.
A Medical Gas Certification (Also called a medical gas verification) is an NFPA required inspection and approval of newly installed medical gas delivery systems. All newly in installed medical gas pipeline and equipment must be certified by an ASSE 6030 before use.
Answer: Per NFPA guidelines, it is a requirement for any facilities using medical grade gases for the purpose of human consumption to have their gas delivery systems inspected by and ASSE 6040. Read more about Medical Gas Inspections Here.
Answer: Yes, MTS provides annual medical gas inspections. We provide discounts on Annual Inspections when you sign multi year contracts. Read more about Medical Gas Inspections Here.
Answer: The Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board issues medical gas piping certification to medical gas system installers who possess valid certification from the National Inspection Testing Certification Corporation or NITC. Certification from other organizations may be considered with approval of the board.
Yes, we can adapt any fittings to the desired hosing for any medical grade gas. High pressure gases such as Nitrogen can also be accommodated.
Yes, Those items for shipment to countries outside of the U.S. may be subject to taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the destination country (“Import Fees”). The recipient of the shipment is the importer of record in the destination country and is responsible for all Import Fees.
With respect to each item for which Import Fees have been calculated, you authorize Export or Merchant (as applicable) to designate a carrier (“Designated Carrier”) to act as your agent with the relevant customs and tax authorities in the destination country, to clear your merchandise, process and remit your actual Import Fees for such item.
Import Fees Deposit” represents an estimate of the Import Fees that will be levied on the items in your order for shipment to countries outside of the U.S. By placing your order, you agree to allow Export and/or Merchant (as applicable) to collect the Import Fees Deposit for the applicable items in your order. This deposit will be used, on your behalf, to reimburse the Designated Carriers for the import fees that they have paid on your behalf to the appropriate authorities of the destination country.
Answer: Per NFPA guidelines, it is a requirement for any facilities using medical grade gases for the purpose of human consumption to have their gas delivery systems inspected by and ASSE 6040. Read more about Medical Gas Inspections Here.

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