Oxygen / Suction Policy
This facility obtains oxygen from H tank(s) of oxygen and has
emergency E tanks of oxygen. Suction can be obtained through
the use of a portable suction machine.
On a regular basis and documented in the checklist manual,
the oxygen tank(s) are checked. The system includes
recording amounts in the 'in use' tanks, and E tank(s) of
oxygen. Documentation of this checking process is recorded
on the appropriate sheet as well as any action needed.
There are many ways in which medical gases are utilized. In
this facility only oxygen is utilized. Properly handled and
safeguarded, oxygen is of great value and presents little
Oxygen does not burn. It does, however, support combustion.
Oxygen, under high pressure, if allowed to come in contact
with grease or oil, may cause a violent explosion. For this
reason, oil or grease may not be used on valves, threads, or
parts of oxygen equipment. For the same reason, persons with
oil or grease on their hands should not handle oxygen
The following will occur in this facility:
1.3. All E tanks of oxygen are stored on trolleys.
5. All oxygen tanks will be secure; either by the use of a
chain to the wall or by being placed in the appropriate
sized rolling cart/trolley.
* NFPA 99, Section 8-6.4.2 addresses the need for warning
signs when oxygen is administered to patients. Warning signs
with must be posted on a wall or door leading to a patient's
room unless all of the following conditions are met: • The
medical treatment facility prohibits smoking.
• 'NO SMOKING' signs are prominently (strategically)
placed at all major entrances. (the waiting room
• Nonsmoking policies are strictly enforced.
Approved By Governing Board