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What are the common gases used in medical facilities

Hospitals, dentist offices, and veterinary clinics all use different medical gases in different ways. The types of gases they use depend on the size of the facility as well as the anticipated procedures they are going to perform. A dentist, for example, is going to typically have less of a need for a wide range of gases than a cardiovascular surgeon. Almost every single living person has been in contact with the medical gas, although it may not always be clear when caregivers are using these lifesaving gases and techniques. We appreciate the care and technology that modern medicine has given us. As a medical gas installation company, we wanted to share some of that knowledge with you here today.

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What are the common medical gases used in healthcare facilities?

Oxygen
This is probably the first gas that comes to mind if you were to think about visiting a doctor’s office. Whenever a gas is used in a medical application it must be completely clean of particles and debris. It must also be completely dry so that it does not allow moisture to build up in the piping system or when applied to a medical apparatus. Introduced in the 1900s oxygen is used for inhalation and resuscitation therapy. It is often used when a patient cannot successfully breathe on their own. Examples include times when someone is suffering from shock, on life support, suffering from cardiovascular arrest or when dealing with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Instrument Air
A lot of surgical tools are powered by instrument air. This is true for both hospitals and dentist offices alike. Larger facilities will have their own compressors that are able to filter and create pure instrument air on site. Smaller facilities can refill canisters and use the instrument air to drive their tools as needed. When instrument air is utilized it must be in accordance with the application and purity standards of the Instrument Society of America. Larger applications can also take place such as raising and lowering surgery tables and operate pneumonic brakes.

Nitrous Oxide
This is known as the laughing gas. Primarily used by dentists nitrous oxide is used in numerous surgical procedures as both an anesthetic and analgesic. This gas is not designed to put the patient to sleep. Rather, it helps them relax and keep comfortable during certain procedures. Patients are still cognitive and can normally respond to commands during the procedure to make it easier for the dentist or oral surgeon to perform their necessary tasks.

This is just a sampling of some of the most common medical gases. We intend our website and blog to be a place where people can learn more about medical gas, what it is used for and how it is properly installed in medical facilities. As well as a resource for caregivers to find the right company to install and inspect their medical gas system.

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