Month: June 2014
If a patient is new to CPAP therapy, they may have some trouble getting used to wearing their mask throughout the night. Below are a few quick tips that may help them feel more comfortable, and a FREE mask fitting guide for maximizing your patient outcomes and profits. 1. Correct size and fit. Without a good seal, therapy will suffer and so will compliance. Try as many masks as is needed to get the right fit. Many manufacturers will have a downloadable fit guide (like Applieds here) to ensure the proper fit... every time! 2. Share your knowledge. The more your patients know about their equipment, the more they will feel comfortable with it and get better results. Encourage your patients to ask questions, and help them understand the outcomes and set their expectations. 3. Teach patients how to change their CPAP filters. Many patients dont even know where the filter is on their machine. Take a few moments to show patients how to clean or replace the filter. A dirty filter can
National Pipe Thread Taper (NPT) is a U.S. standard for tapered threads used on threaded pipes and fittings. In contrast to straight threads that are found on a bolt, a taper thread will pull tight and therefore make a fluid-tightseal. The typical sizes you will see in medical oxygen filling are 1/4 and 1/2 NPT. (The 1/4 and 1/2 names do not actually refer to the NPT sizing, but instead the names come from the pipe size that was originally used in the plumbing industry.) To determine what size you need, check out the table below. NPT Outer Diameter Threads Per Inch Use in Medical Oxygen Industry 1/4 .540 18 With Pigtails 1/2 .840 14 On Manifolds
You are only required to placard your oxygen vehicle when the weight of both the oxygen and the vessels containing them (cylinders or dewars) is 1001 lbs or over. We advise that you only placard when you are at this weight, as required. If you placard when you are not required to do so, you will have to follow the rules that a placarded vehicle must follow. If you carry 1001 lbs or more, youll need to use the correct placard for the hazardous material (in this case, an oxygen placard). Please note that if you also carry another gas, youll have to use the non-flammable gas placard instead. The oxygen placard may only be used when ONLY oxygen is being transported in the vehicle. You should also place one placard on 4 sides of the vehicle (one on the front, back and sides of the vehicle). For more information on placarding, check out 49 CFR 172.504.
Clean equipment that comes into contact with oxygen requires specific procedures to ensure that nothing is left on the surface that could interact with oxygen. There are two types of cleaning that are pertinent for oxygen equipment, cleaning with oxygen compatible cleaners and cleaning equipment for oxygen service. 1. Cleaning With Oxygen Compatible Cleaners Oxygen can react with any residue, particles, dirt, oil, grease or other contaminants that are left on the surface of equipment that comes into contact with oxygen, such as the cylinder surface. The body of a cylinder, or a regulator for example, should be cleaned with chemicals that will leave nothing behind to cause an interaction with oxygen. 2. Cleaning Equipment For Oxygen Service Surfaces that come into direct contact with oxygen, such as the valve opening on a cylinder, the inside of a cylinder or oxygen connection, must not only be cleaned with an oxygen compatible cleaner, but also with special equipment and processes to