Modern medical laboratories and hospitals use a range of gases that can cause both immediate and long-term risks for patients, visitors and staff. Gas detection systems for medical applications control risks of gas leaks that often have no taste, color or smell.
Gases such as enriched oxygen (O2), nitrous oxide (N2O), helium (He), nitrogen (N2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) are all utilized in medical facilities, based on their intended use. Such gases are used for a wide range of procedures, often providing anesthesia for patients (N2O) or used as a freezing agent (N2). Patients in intensive care, with restricted lung function or during an operation under anesthetic, are in many hospitals treated with artificial ventilation with medical air and oxygen. During surgery, the stomach of the patient is often filled with carbon dioxide to create space to examine the affected area. A leak from a gas cylinder or fixed piped gas system can cause potentially fatal incidents.
Long-term exposure to anesthetics gradually can cause chronic effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, and central nervous systems. It is essential that the maximum acceptable exposure level across an eight-hour period (time-weighted average) is strictly followed. Carbon dioxide (CO2) displaces oxygen, causing asphyxiation and affecting respiratory capacity. Increased oxygen levels increase the flammability of materials and other gases. At levels over 24%, spontaneous combustion of items such as clothing may occur.
A gas detection system for medical laboratories and hospitals can stretch from the basement, where the gases are stored and produced, to the corridors, terminal units in operating rooms, intensive care areas, laboratories, and treatment rooms.
Otis Instruments offers a variety of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust and configurable gas detectors for medical applications. Made in the USA, our high-quality products are capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications. To learn more information about gas detection solutions for your application, gas detection solutions for medical laboratories and facilities, or have a question for us, contact our team today.