Oxygen / Suction Policy

                        OXYGEN POLICY
                        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.
Posting Requirements: 
* 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
         for OBS)
•    Nonsmoking policies are strictly enforced.
Approved By Governing Board    
Control #292.3