Jun 7, 2022

We all know how critical a role medical gas plays in different departments of hospitals. We can find them being used in intensive care units, operating rooms, emergency rooms, etc. Oxygen is used for supplementing oxygen for oxygen-deficient patients, nitrous oxide is used as an anesthetic agent, and carbon dioxide is used for inflating the abdominal cavity and colon for laparoscopy and colonoscopy. Other gases that are used include nitrogen, argon, helium, and compressed air. As much as using these gases is important, it is equally important to store them properly. It is the responsibility of the medical facility or center using these gases to strictly follow all the regulations and standards pertaining to medical gases.

In this blog, we will tell you the correct ways of storing medical gas in your medical organization. It is essential that all medical organizations using medical gases follow the below-mentioned tips. 

Ensure Proper Ventilation In Gas Storage Room

One of the first things you need to do is, make sure the storage room where medical gases are stored is properly ventilated. One effective way of creating proper ventilation is using wire mesh steel panels for the walls. Another thing you should do is, make sure the storage room has a solid roof so that things such as fittings and valves are well-protected from the elements and operators are safe from weather conditions. Apart from these, it is also important to keep the storage room cool and dry. There should not be any corrosive material in the storage room.

Keep The Cylinders Vertical And Employ Safety Chains

The way you handle the cylinders is also important. You need to stop them from falling over, which you can do by storing them vertically in racks and securing them using safety chains. While safety chains are enough to secure cylinders, if you wish to secure them even more, you can consider using commercial straps and plastic coated wire cables. Keep in mind that certain smaller medical gas cylinders need to be stored in a flat position. So, if you using those gas cylinders, it is essential you use appropriate racks for them. Whatever cylinder type you use, ensure it is secured correctly and when they are not connected for use, make sure there are valve protectors on them.

Make Sure There Are Safety Signs In Storage Room

You cannot take safety signs lightly. You must use them in the storage room so that anyone using the room knows what gas types are present in the room. Do not keep empty cylinders with cylinders filled with medical gas. Ensure there is a separate space in the room for keeping empty cylinders. 

Apart from doing the above-mentioned things, two other things you must do include segregating non-compatible gases and using medical gas storage room only for storing gases and nothing else. If you need any assistance with the medical gas system in your medical facility or center, you can always get in touch with Medical Testing Solutions. Apart from selling medical gas outlets, hoses, fittings, compressors, pumps, pipelines, and other products, we also do verification, inspection, installation, and maintenance of medical gas systems. To know more about our services in detail, feel free to call us at 844-768-5744.

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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