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Oxygen Use in People’s Homes Policy


Some people receiving care in their own homes will have oxygen therapy available to them. In some of these cases, care workers will not be necessarily involved in its administration, which is more likely to be controlled by the person following medical advice. In other cases as directed by the users’ care plans they might be involved in its administration. The care plans should specify in what respects care staff are to be involved.

Where oxygen is a feature of someone’s care, staff must be aware that oxygen cylinders and equipment, whoever’s responsibility they are, must be kept and maintained in such ways as to be compliant with all relevant health and safety legislation and guidelines. Otherwise everyone will be put at risk.

Policy Statement

Care workers should:


All care staff who come into contact with oxygen in a person’s home will receive instructions on its safe use and training in any aspect of its administration, where it has been agreed that they should take part. Care staff directly responsible for the administration of oxygen as part of a care plan will be provided with the appropriate training in its use and the health and safety aspects also involved.

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Next review date: this policy is reviewed annualy (every 12 months). When needed, this policy is also updated in response to changes in legislation, regulation, best practices, or organisational changes.

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