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Safe Use of Oxygen Policy

Policy Statement

Every person receiving care has the right to receive oxygen therapy if prescribed for them. {{org_field_name}} will ensure that such oxygen therapy will be administered or supervised by suitably qualified staff and that oxygen cylinders and equipment will be kept and maintained in such a way as to be compliant with all relevant health and safety legislation and guidelines.

This policy provides guidance written in line with the statutory requirements for all services to maintain high standards of safety and care in oxygen use, which can be considered as part of medication administration and subject to all corresponding best practice guidance and health and safety laws.

Principles of Oxygen Use

  1. Oxygen therapy should only be administered or supplied on prescription.
  2. Oxygen therapy should only be administered by suitably qualified and trained care staff.
  3. Oxygen should be administered as prescribed and full details recorded in each person’s notes.
  4. In each case advice and support relating to oxygen administration can be obtained either from the person’s GP or the specialist community team who prescribed the oxygen.
  5. People may be able to self-administer oxygen only after an appropriate assessment has been carried out and a suitable entry placed in their notes — suitably trained, designated care staff will be provided to support self-administering people.
  6. {{org_field_name}} will work with the relevant Home Oxygen Therapy Service to ensure that suitable oxygen supplies are provided and are kept in serviceable condition.
  7. Records will be kept of all oxygen supplies received, administered and leaving {{org_field_name}} to ensure that there is no mishandling.
  8. All staff handling oxygen should ensure that all health and safety requirements are complied with at all times.

Maintenance of oxygen cylinders and equipment is the responsibility of the Home Oxygen Service. In {{org_field_name}}, the relevant Home Oxygen Service provider is ________________________________.

Safety Procedures

Oxygen presents a considerable risk of explosion or fire and should therefore be handled with great care and according to guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive. When using or storing oxygen cylinders care staff should:

In the event of accidental release of oxygen from a cylinder staff should:

Medical Gas Data Sheets should be obtained from the relevant Home Oxygen Service provider. These should be kept in a safe place and used to provide information for risk assessments.

Training

All new staff should read the policy on oxygen as part of their induction and to be trained to remember that oxygen is potentially dangerous and will strongly support combustion. Existing staff will be offered training covering basic information about health and safety and oxygen. Care staff will be offered appropriate skills training or refresher courses in use of oxygen therapy as identified in appraisal or learning plans and as dictated by their need for continuous professional development.


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