How to use an Oxygen Tank – Instructions for Using Oxygen Tank

Oxygen Tank

For your safety

It is very important to understand that oxygen can be dangerous if it is not used correctly. Oxygen makes things burn more easily and can even explode. If you follow these safety guidelines, you can

Potential hazards should be discussed with the medical equipment distributors for more information on the devices.

  • Label with oxygen on your Oxygen equipment for visitors.
  • Keep oxygen cylinders (bottles) away from all heat sources, including radiators, heat pipes, stoves, fireplaces, matches, and lighters.
  • Do not allow open flames, sparks, or tobacco to burn in the room where oxygen is used.
  • Use only as directed by your doctor.
  • When using oxygen, DO NOT use:

– Sprays like hairspray or hair paint

– Oil-based face creams or lotions for the nose or face

– Petroleum-based products such as petroleum jelly

  • Place the cylinder you are using on a stand or cart.
  • Store extra cylinders aside. Lock them so they don’t roll. If a cylinder’s valve rod breaks, it can cause serious damage to everything in its path.

– Always keep oxygen cylinders in a well-ventilated place as small amounts of oxygen are normally released. Do not store cylinders in a cabinet unless there is a fan in the cabinet door. If you keep cylinders under the bed, make sure the covers do not interfere with the airflow. In the case of the patient who has operated recently should keep a tank of oxygen in-home for an emergency. For instance, someone’s ear operation being done – doctor ear scope, an otoscope, and ophthalmoscope should also be kept, while oxygen cylinder will also be kept.

How are oxygen cylinders used?

1 Verify that the power controller is set to zero.

2 Check that the T-handle is secure.

3 Insert the cylinder key into an on / off valve at the top of the cylinder.

4 Open the valve by turning it counterclockwise one full turn. When the valve is open, the pressure gauge on the controller shows the pressure in the cylinder. A total cylinder reads approximately 2000 psi (pounds per square inch).

5 Set the flow regulator according to the flow rate prescribed by the physician.

6 Connect the hose to the nozzle adapter on the controller.

When to replace the oxygen cylinder?

Check the pressure gauge frequently to make sure you have one.

Without oxygen starvation, see cylinder manual.

Always check the instrument when the valve is open. Once the needle reaches the bottom of the red part of the gauge, it is time to replace the cylinder. Be sure to replace the barrel before the needle drops below 200 psi. In an emergency, it is important to have enough full cylinders in the house.

How to replace the oxygen cylinder

Turn off the oxygen flow

1 Use the rotation of the small cylinder to turn the cylinder on/off the valve clockwise to close it.

2 Relieve the pressure in the valve by opening the flow regulator.

3 When the meter reads zero, turn the flow control to zero.

Replace cylinder

1 Remove the controller by removing the T-handle.

2 Slide the pins out of the valve stem holes and remove the regulator.

3 Remove the lip of the valve stem from the new cylinder (see Figure).

4 Make sure there is a ring in the large position of the controller.

5 Attach the regulator to the cylinder by sliding the regulator over the cylinder valve stem.

6 Align the pins inside the controller with the holes in the valve stem.

7 Slide the controller forward so that the pins click (see Figure).

8 Turn the T-handle of the controller until it turns. If the handle is not tight enough or the washer is not in place, the cylinder will leak when the valve is opened.

Turn on the flow of oxygen

Make sure the controller is zeroed.

1 Make sure the T-handle is secure.

2 Insert the cylinder key into the cylinder on/off valve on the top of the cylinder.

3 Open the valve by turning it counterclockwise one full turn. When the valve is open, the pressure gauge on the controller shows the pressure in the cylinder. A total cylinder reads approximately 2000 psi (pounds per square inch).

4 Adjust the flow regulator on the controller so that the meter reaches the current prescribed by the physician.

5 Connect the tubing to the nipple adapter on the controller.

Here’s how to travel with your oxygen cylinders.

  • Secure oxygen cylinders to the vehicle so they will not tip over or collide with cylinders or other objects.
  • Break a car window to increase ventilation.
  • Keep cylinders out of direct light.
  • Do not store cylinders in the vehicle warehouse.