Your Guide to Medical Gas Maintenance and Service

By: Christian, Founder at MTS

  • Our Service:

    Piped gas systems present certain characteristic hazards, usually related to original construction, modification, or repair. Medical Testing Solutions, repairs and maintains medical gas systems throughout Hospitals, Surgery Centers, and Dental Offices.

  • Maintenance Issues:

    Problems can develop during the working lifetime of the systems, particularly medical air systems, outlets and vacuum inlets and pumps. Problems related to how the system is used and maintained during its lifetime include leaking outlets seals, clogged vacuum inlets, inadequate particulate filtration, corrosion of automatic condensate drains, compressor or pump seals and bearings are among some of the more common issues associated with this type of equipment.

  • Manufacturer Recommended Maintenance:

    Medical air compressors and vacuum pump systems require manufactured recommended maintenance to ensure quality and preserve the longevity of each individual system. Proper manufacturer recommended preventative maintenance programs include changing oil, exhaust filters, intake filters, belts, gauges, gaskets and many other parts are essential to these machines overall reliability and lifespan.

  • Maintenance Guidelines:

    Preventative maintenance guidelines apply to all piped medical gas and vacuum systems including but not limited to oxygen, nitrogen, medical air, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, medical-surgical vacuum system and waste anesthesia gas disposal units. Source gas and vacuum equipment and their components must receive regular preventative Medical gas maintenance for safe and reliable operation.

  • Common Questions:

    Whats The Cost: Cost varies by maintenance requirements, but we can usually give you an estimate over the phone, just call 1+(844) 768-5744 or fill out the call-back form on this page and we’ll call you back.

    When can we do it: If you need an emergency maintenance and can’t find anyone else to do it the time you need, we’ll be happy to get it done. Call 1+(844) 768-5744 or fill out the call-back form on this page and we’ll be there when you need us.
    Do I need an inspection or a verification: Verifications and certifications are a requirement for new installations and construction, and may not be required for your specific maintenance or repair.

Your Maintenance Checklist:

  • When is the last time your system was inspected?
  • Are you aware of the NFPA code on required maintenance?
  • Are you aware of the manufacturer recommended maintenance for your component?
  • Are you experiencing leaks or suspect that a leak is present?
  • Are you concerned that you are nor receiving proper flow or pressure in your medical gas system?
  • Was your system inspected by an ASSE 6020 inspector or ASSE 6030 Verifier?
  • Was the original installation installed by an ASSE certified 6010 medical gas installer?
  • Was the original installation verified by an ASSE certified 6030 Verifier?

You Should Know These Important NFPA Guidelines for Annual Inpsections:

  • Per NFPA Codes 5.1.14.2.1*
    Healthcare facilities providing general anesthesia through installed medical gas systems; vacuum pumps, medical support gas systems, WAGD, must develop maintenance schedules and programs for individual components within the medical gas system.
  • Per NFPA Guideline 5.1.14.5.4 ​
    Central supply systems must conform to the following:
    1. Must be inspected annually.
    2. Must be maintained by appropriately licensed personnel.
    3. Records of annual inspections must be readily available for review by overseeing regulatory authorities.
  • Per NFPA Guideline 5.1.14.5.3
    Bulk system capacity must be reviewed annually to ensure that the system meets minimum requirements for capacity.
  • Per NFPA Guideline 5.1.12.3.1.3
    Inspections and annual inspections must be conducted by medical gas technicians with ASSE certifications 6020 or 6030 Professional Qualifications Standard for Medical Gas Systems Inspectors.

Get the full NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code

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