These medical gases are usually contained in cylinders and located in the basement or a few floors away from the surgery rooms and are pumped through a pipe system in the ceiling to support the surgery tools in the hospital areas such as patient rooms, recovery rooms, operating rooms, etc... The twisting and pulls from the medical team sometimes results in leaks and they run out of gas much faster than expected.
The primary purpose of a health sector is to take care of their patients and thus it’s crucial for any health sector to ensure the maintenance of the medical gases. It is necessary to establish a monitoring system to maintain a stable supply of medical gases.
Also, some of these gases are toxic in nature and to keep the patients away from its harmful effects in case of gas leaks, it’s important to ensure as part of any comprehensive gas safety plan to include gas leak detection and monitoring.
Below is the list of some of the gases that are commonly found in hospitals, their applications and potential hazards they represent. Knowing the most common types of medical gases, understanding how each is used, and then how to maintain your system for each gas will ensure the safety of the facility and its people.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Carbon Dioxide is a common gas in hospitals. It is also what we exhale when we breathe. One of the most common uses for CO2 in hospitals is in mixture with anaesthetic or in mixture with oxygen for oxygen therapy.
It is also used to inflate body cavities during minimally invasive procedures. Difficulty in breathing and Asphyxiation can occur if Carbon Dioxide concentrations is not maintained at a specific level.
Carbon Dioxide will be predominantly be stored in containers. Installation of leak detectors in areas where CO2 is stored or piped is recommended.
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Ethylene is sometimes combined with oxygen in use as an anaesthetic. It can also be used in combination with other substances as an anaesthetic. It is a colourless gas with a slightly sweet and musky odour. It is also highly flammable.
In a hospital there are many sources of ignition so a leak of any flammable gas can be highly hazardous.
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Oxygen has many uses in the hospital setting primarily for use in assisting with respiration. As the key component in combustion oxygen is a potentially explosive agent if it finds a source of ignition and fuel. This makes oxygen one of the most important gases to detect in the hospitals.
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Chlorine is a commonly used disinfectant Chlorine based compounds are regularly used in hospitals to prevent infections from spreading. Sanitation is one of the most important activities carried out in a hospital and chlorine plays a significant role in this.
At the same time chlorine is highly poisonous. Leaks of one or more of these chemicals could lead to the release of poisonous fumes. This can pose a particular threat in confined or poorly ventilated areas. Because it is so harmful to people, chlorine detection in hospitals is vital to ensure the safety of hospital workers and patients.
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Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, is used as an analgesic, and as an anaesthetic for pre-operative procedures. Nitrous oxide is delivered to the hospital in standard tanks. Nitrous Oxide can cause dizziness and in an extreme case may cause death from lack of oxygen. The nitric oxide and potential contaminants must be monitored at all times. When administering both O2 and NO there is a risk of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) forming which could be potentially fatal to the patient.
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This gas is only used in very trace amounts as an ingredient in lung diffusion testing. This test helps medical staff to determine how well a patient’s lungs are exchanging gases.
Carbon Monoxide can cause harmful effects by reducing Oxygen delivery to body organs.
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These sensors must be installed in areas where gas leaks, equipment breakdowns or ventilation malfunction might occur. The most important consideration is the location of the sensor. The controllers aid to promptly provide an alert to the employees during the emergency.
At GasAlarm, we can supply a wide range of gas leak detection and gas monitoring systems suited to use in hospitals. Gas Detection is often necessary or desirable for a number of reasons. The use of a gas monitoring system, with appropriate action taken if dangerous levels of gases are detected, can help to keep the hospitals safe.
Action can be taken, and initiated automatically by the gas monitor, to help prevent the gas level from rising further. Such action could be the automatic shutoff of gas valves, turning on a ventilation fan, shutting down a process, or audible and visual alarms to alert and evacuate personnel.
We are always happy to discuss custom requirements so please contact us with your specific needs.