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Hazards of hospital bulk oxygen delivery systems.
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PMID:  6929659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Numerous problems can occur with liquid oxygen delivery systems, in part because of the complexities of such systems. These systems must comply with guidelines of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. During the past year, 18 major problems with the liquid oxygen delivery system have occurred at the authors' hospital. Five times, false alarms have resulted from calibration drift in line pressure sensors. Thrice, excessive depletion of the reverse supply has occurred because of pressure imbalance between the main and reserve systems. Twice, excessive depletion of the reserve supply occurred owing to failure of the vacuum seal on the reserve supply vessel. Eight other potentially serious mishaps have also been reported. These problems, which are inherent in liquid oxygen delivery systems, are for the most part preventable.
M L Bancroft; G C du Moulin; J Hedley-Whyte
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anesthesiology     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0003-3022     ISO Abbreviation:  Anesthesiology     Publication Date:  1980 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-07-28     Completed Date:  1980-07-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1300217     Medline TA:  Anesthesiology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  504-10     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Accident Prevention*
Anesthesiology / instrumentation*
Equipment and Supplies, Hospital* / standards
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Maintenance and Engineering, Hospital
Personnel, Hospital
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