This is an excerpt from a member-only article. To read the article in its entirety, please login, subscribe, or try out HSC for 30 days.

Ensure empty O2 cylinders are stored separately and policies are clear

PRINT THIS PAGE | RETURN TO ARTICLE

August 18, 2019

By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Check all areas where your facility keeps oxygen cylinders to ensure empty and full cylinders are stored separately. And make your cylinder storage policy clear on where partially full cylinders are to be kept. Also, partial cylinders without pressure gauges should be stored with empty cylinders, says The Joint Commission (TJC).

While TJC has not changed any requirements, it has recently highlighted a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) on storage management that clarifies storage of partial cylinders. TJC officials said the clarifications were made at the request of CMS.

More than a year ago, TJC reversed a long-standing position and revised its FAQ on oxygen cylinders to say that full and partially full cylinders could be stored together, as long as signs were clear about which cylinders they were. Cylinders also must be clearly marked per organizational policy as to whether they are full, partially full, or empty.

Check all areas where your facility keeps oxygen cylinders to ensure empty and full cylinders are stored separately. And make your cylinder storage policy clear on where partially full cylinders are to be kept. Also, partial cylinders without pressure gauges should be stored with empty cylinders, says The Joint Commission (TJC).



This is an excerpt from a member-only article. To read the article in its entirety, please login, subscribe, or try out HSC for 30 days.



Copyright © 2020. Hospital Safety Center.