Ask HRC: Safe Oxygen Cylinder Transportation

December 19, 2005 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A Healthcare Risk Control System member recently inquired about recommendations for safe practices during vehicle transport of patients or residents who use oxygen (O2) containers. Indeed, several Texas nursing home residents died in a severe bus fire during evacuation for Hurricane Rita in September 2005. O2 containers likely contributed to the fire, investigators say.

Because caregivers are responsible for the safety of residents and patients, they should be aware of the fire hazards associated with transport of O2 containers and of necessary safety precautions. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) states the...

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