A Fire Incident Whilst Handling an Oxygen Cylinder: Preventive Measures and Recommendations

Authors

  • Raman Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Sumit K Sangat Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Ashok Kumar Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Vipin Koushal Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55489/njcm.131020222269

Keywords:

Healthcare Fire, Oxygen cylinder, Compressed gas, Prevention

Abstract

Healthcare fires have always been one of the major internal hazards and an oxygen-rich environment further aggravates these threats. The present case study reports such a fire incident in an Advanced Trauma Centre of a tertiary care hospital in North India wherein a tiny spark generated while handling an oxygen cylinder a health care worker got caught in a fire blaze. Fortunately, the flare was controlled within no time due to prompt action by a fellow HCW, and a major unexpected incident was averted. A formal investigation conducted by a team of experts ascertained that oxygen enrichment from leaking equipment, improper handling, and repeated striking of cylinder regulator by the spanner which attained the required threshold temperature was the probable cause for the onset of a flare. Henceforth, to mitigate such incidents users shall follow manufacturer recommendations, and ensure only safe and suitable components are used as part of a compressed oxygen system. Maintenance of cylinders, valves, and regulators should be done periodically to mitigate the risks of such incidents. All hospitals shall carry out risk-assessment exercises and provide oxygen safety training to all healthcare staff.

Author Biography

Sumit K Sangat, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh

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Published

2022-10-31

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Sharma R, Sangat SK, Kumar A, Koushal V. A Fire Incident Whilst Handling an Oxygen Cylinder: Preventive Measures and Recommendations. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2022 Oct. 31 [cited 2022 Dec. 9];13(10):755-7. Available from: https://njcmindia.com/index.php/file/article/view/2269

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