Are you and your employees meeting annual training requirements? The FDA requires that training be completed “on a frequent and continuing basis.” This has been interpreted to mean twice a year. This training must be completed by anyone who can affect the purity of the oxygen. Personnel training in Current Good Manufacturing Processes is required by law (21 CFR 211.25). Some examples of those that must complete FDA training include fillers, drivers, quality control unit, and warehouse personnel. The DOT requires that training be done at least every three years, and within 90 days of the start of employment for new employees. Drivers, loaders, and people in charge of storage of oxygen cylinders for ANY amount of oxygen delivered (1 cylinder to over 1,001lbs), must successfully complete DOT training. This training touches on three areas which include Job Specific Training, HazMat Security Awareness Training and HazMat Safety Training. Training needs to be completed in each area in order for an employee to be considered DOT compliant. Applied offers easy access to on-demand online training, live stream and in-person seminars, along with on-site training options. Live Training Schedule 2022 This program has been approved for 5.75 contact hours (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Ste 100 Irving TX 75063. Date Location Topic Type Wed, August 24, 2
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Applied Home Healthcare Equipment, a long-trusted resource for oxygen filling, technical and regulatory support for DME and HME providers, has announced the launch of their new drug reporting
The Category 4 storm that made landfall into Louisiana Sunday afternoon is a reminder of the damage and destruction that natural disasters like hurricanes can cause our communities. Ida’s force led to catastrophic damage from its wind, rain and powerful storm surge. Life threatening storms like Ida can result in exposing a cylinder to a variety of hazardous conditions. These conditions can include floodwater submersion, impact from debris, exposure to foreign contaminants like mud, sewage, and oil or grease; damage from falling, etc. The Compressed Gas Association released a safety alert that recommends the best practices for handling cylinders that have been exposed to a natural disaster like a hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake, flooding, etc. According to CGA (Compressed Gas Association), if cylinders have been exposed to adverse conditions, you should contact emergency responders or the cylinder supplier for further instruction. Cylinders with obvious significant damage or that are leaking should only be addressed by emergency responders with HAZMAT training or the cylinder supplier. Contact information for the cylinder supplier is listed on the label as shown in Figure 1a. If a label is not present, the cylinder neckring shown in Figure 2 can be used to identify the cylinder
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Westlake, OH – August 18, 2021 – Applied Home Healthcare Equipment, a long-trusted resource for oxygen filling, technical and regulatory support for DME and HME providers, has announced the release of their newest model of their popular thermal shut-off device OxySafe2™. The new version provides two directional protection against oxygen fires caused by patients smoking, using candles, stove-top ranges or other open flames while receiving oxygen therapy. Such fires are particularly prevalent in situations where oxygen therapy is provided in the home environment where there is limited patient supervision, though it may occur in environments like healthcare facilities and nursing homes. Jim Christ General Manager of Applied Home Healthcare Equipment said “OxySafe has always been an important and reliable device for our providers who want to protect their patients from the dangers of home oxygen fires. We are excited to introduce this product line improvement to the OxySafe in order to help in the mitigation of oxygen fires.” OxySafe2 is a thermal fuse designed to stop the flow of gas in the event that the downstream cannula or supply tube is ignited, and will meet VA, ISO and other regulatory requirements. With OxySafe2, the PVC tube is inclined to extinguish because PVC will not normally burn in air—offering healthcare providers a cost-effective solution to lower the risk of serious patient injury in a dangerous oxyg
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FDA does NOT recommend using soap and water solutions to leak test oxygen cylinders. These solutions leave residues on the valve that, when they come in contact with high pressure oxygen, can ignite and cause a fire. Read this article on how to properly leak test your
The Proof is in the Pudding for Policy & Procedure Manuals All providers must have a written policy and procedure manual. No matter what type of inspector or accreditor, they all require that you write your processes down. Not only is it good business, but it's also required. Luckily, most of the requirements from the different agencies overlap between agencies. What are SOPS or a Policy & Procedures Manual? Written Procedures, SOPs, or policy and procedures manual is a manual describing the procedures your company follows for the cleaning of equipment, quality control, calibration procedure, security requirements and other procedures followed by your company when following the cGMP. How do they work? The key with the required written procedures is to be sure to follow what you have written. If there is ever any deviation from the written procedures, they must be documented. The person who creates the procedures must sign and date them. The QCU must review and approve these written procedures and any deviations from them by signing and dating the procedures. What should it cover? Some highlights are: job descriptions, company organizational chart, equipment cleaning schedules, training programs and security programs. For oxygen fillers (liquid to liquid, liquid to gas or gas to gas) there are also requirements for handling the drug product and following cGMP. I've written them, now what? It does little good to enact new procedures and controls if th
OxyGo LLC, a leader in lightweight portable oxygen concentrators, has acquired LIFE® Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices that specializes in portable Emergency Oxygen and CPR administration
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Did you know the US Department of Transportation recently announced an update to the cylinder requalification policy update due to the emergency response of COVID-19 and will be valid for the entirety of the emergency
Victoria Marquard Schultz/OxyGo Announced as winner in 2020 Smart 50 Awards. The Smart 50 Awards, presented by Smart Business, honor the top 50 executives in the Greater Cleveland region Westlake, OH. – October 30th, 2020 – OxyGo LLC, a leader in lightweight portable oxygen concentrators, announced in a virtual ceremony that Victoria Marquard-Schultz, OxyGo’s CEO, was named a Smart 50 winner by Smart Business Magazine for the second year in a row. The Smart 50 Awards presented by Smart Business honor the top executives of the region’s smartest 50 companies for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. “The only thing better than winning a Smart 50 is winning twice. I am truly honored to be among this prestigious group. With COVID-19 our team and providers have had to find new ways to safely and effectively adapt to an ever-changing world. Receiving this award wouldn’t have been possible without the great relationship that we have with the providers we work with. Our team and providers are one of a kind and this is truly a reflection of how amazing they are,” said Victoria Marquard-Schultz, CEO, OxyGo, LLC. The OxyGo Family of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) are designed to keep oxygen patients going. An OxyGo POC is a lightweight medical device that can make the medical oxygen doctors prescribe from the air around you. With an Ox
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