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Keeping An Eye On The Gases Used In Hospitals!

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How To Monitor The 3 Most Common Ones!

In the world of hospitals, medical gases are life saviours. Supplied through pipes, gases such as oxygen, Nitrogen, and nitrous oxide are needed everywhere from patient rooms to operations theatres.

Mr. Nelson, a senior and experienced medical professional who has been into research for more than 20 years, and now working as a Consultant with gave his valuable inputs.He spoke about what should the monitoring system of the three most common gases used in healthcare and medical centres be like.

  •    The Three Gasses You Should Know Of:
  • Oxygen is the most evident and common gas utilised by healthcare centres. It is required when the patient has hypoxemia or hypoxia and needs more oxygenation. Oxygen is supplied as a liquid in large tanks called VIE by keeping the gas under a pressure of 380 kPa or 55 psi. It is evaporated to produce concentrated O2 when needed. For medical centres that have low levels of patients, instead of using a vacuum insulated evaporator, small cylinders are employed to supply oxygen.

    Nitrous Oxide is the second most important gas in hospitals because it is an anaesthetic. Also called laughing gas, it is implemented in pre-operative procedures. Like oxygen, NO is also supplied in large tanks which are kept under 345 kPa, or 50 psi pressure. Nitrogen, the third gas we pick up in this post, is most often used to freeze biological specimens such as blood and tissue. Another reason nitrogen is essential to medical centres is that it can destroy diseases samples of tissue. For more info about Nitrous oxide - you may check out reliable websites.

    •    Monitoring The Three Gases:
    It is vital to monitor any gas used in the healthcare centre to guarantee a constant supply of it.
     A sound monitoring system will be one that can do the following:
    o Trace the flow of gas from the source.
    o Trace the flow of gas through the pipes.
    o Trace the flow of gas to every outlet in the building.
    o Alert on the level of oxygen left in the tank.
    o Given a precise idea of the operating condition of the gas supply.
    o The pressure of the gas in the area it is being used.
    o A control system that prevents cross-connection of gas flows, i.e., oxygen is not supplied when Nitrogen is needed.
    A reliable system will generally implement pin patterns to ensure the right flow of gases. Moreover, the pipes and valves would be colour coded in bright shades.
    •    Disposing Medical Gases
    Any gas used in health care centres is disposed of through a vacuum system. Constant vacuum pressure is put on the area at 75 kPa or 22 inches of mercury to remove the gas. When it comes to waste anaesthesia, a different vacuum pump may be used, which is then connected to the central vacuum line. The pressure applied on waste anaesthesia pump is approximately 50-65 kPa or 15-19 inches of mercury.

    Helium, carbon monoxide and medical air are some of the other gases appropriated in hospitals. Each is supplied at a set pressure and system. But like the gases illuminated above, they need monitoring too.


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