OxySafe™ 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 OxySafe™, 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 oxygen fire. You can download our OxySafe brochure here.
OxySafe should be placed as close to the patient as possible AND as close to the source as possible.
OxySafe has a lifespan of 4 years. Typically, providers choose to replace them more frequently, sometimes as often as they change the cannula. You should not attempt to wash the OxySafe and transfer it to another patient after it has been used.
Can OxySafe Be Transferred Between Patients?
No, OxySafe is intended for Single Patient Use, and should not be transferred between patients. Each patient should have thier own OxySafe devices.
Clean the exterior surfaces of the OxySafe using an alcohol or disinfectant wipe. Do not immerse the device in any fluid or allow fluid to enter through the hose barb connections during the cleaning process.
No. OxySafe cannot be reset should be discarded once it has been actuated.
An OxySafe is just like a seat belt. A seat belt doesn't prevent a car crash, and doesn't cause people to intentionally crash their cars.
Yes. OxySafe may be used with a humidifier.
Water entering the device does not effect performance, i.e. Pooling of water will not cause the unit to rust or detiorate.
The OxySafe Cannula Valve can be used for this application so long as the oxygen flow is maintained within the device specification. Some CPAP devices may use as much as 30 L/min of oxygen but the OxySafe Cannula Valve is only advised for use up to a flow of 20 L/min.
Yes, the International Standards Organization (ISO) has a standard that would require oxygen safety devices on all oxygen concentrators and at the point of the patient. This is ISO 8359:1996 FDAM 1. You can read more about ISO 8359 here.
Why did the ISO develop standard 8359 to require oxygen safety devices on oxygen concentrators?
The home respiratory industry has long recognized the incidents of oxygen cannula fires which cause fatalities and serious injuries worldwide. The ISO is taking action by developing a standard requirement for oxygen concentrators to have an oxygen safety device that will help prevent fatalities and injuries from oxygen enriched fires.
ISO copyrighted the standard, so you will have to purchase a copy from their store.
The safety device would work much like our OxySafe oxygen safety device by positively shutting off the gas flow which extinguishes the fire.
The ISO standard is not required in the US currently, however many oxygen providers including several VA regions already require an oxygen safety device like OxySafe on the concentrator or in the breathing circuit.
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