Implementing medical gas pipe system standards – The healthcare facility challenge


During the last few years delivering medical gas training and undertaking a number of significant compliance and safety audits, I’ve met many healthcare professionals working in a range of roles.

Reflecting not just on what I have discovered within the UK but across a much wider international audience, I have uncovered some stark realities with real relevance to all healthcare/medical environments where patient and staff safety should remain at the centre of everyone’s focus. However, this is not always the case.

Somewhat surprisingly, medical gas pipeline systems are not always seen as integral to patient care. Of course, things change rapidly when there is a problem. The current standards, commonly in use worldwide, namely HTM 02-01, ISO 7396 (1&2) and NFPA 99, are all effective documents addressing comprehensively the requirements of design, installation and verification.

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