Below is a list of some of the Training courses we can facilitate:
1. MGPS Competent Persons
2. MGPS Authorised Persons.
3. MGPS Design Course.
4. Cylinder Safety Handling.
5. Basic Medical gas Training to Nursing Staff.
1. CP Course
Course Description: Competent Person Medical Gas Pipeline System (MGPS)
The Competent Person – Medical Gas Pipeline System (MGPS) Course is designed to give practical solutions to increase knowledge for the Competent Person to use in their everyday duties in line with HTM 02-01. It covers the operation and maintenance needs of the pipeline system and its components, installation of systems and the use of the Permit to Work System.
2. AP Course
Course Description: Authorised Person Medical Gas Pipe System (MGPS)
The Authorised Person Training Course is a course for the Engineer wanting to become an Authorised Person Medical Gas Pipe System (MGPS). It emphasises the management of fixed medical gas pipelines in line with HTM 02-01. The course is designed to give practical solutions to increase knowledge for delegates to use in their everyday duties covering the use of the Permit to Work System, the requirements of an operational policy and the control of MGPS maintenance.
3. MGPS Design
We offer an MGPS Design Course for Authorised Persons who wish to check design calculations for flow rates, pipe and plant sizing in medical gas systems in line with HTM 02-01 recommendations.
4. Cylinder Safety Handling
All portering and nursing staff should be suitably trained about the risks involved with handling of medical gas cylinders.
A number of serious incidents in which staff have been injured has raised awareness of the need for training designed to ensure safe working practices.
We offer a training session for Portering and Nursing staff in compliance with HTM 02-01 requirements in order to ensure safe working practices and involves practical work in the safe use and handling of medical gas cylinders. The training will also include correct way of changing cylinders and appropriate handling of manifold tailpipes.
5. Basic Medical gas Training to Nursing Staff.
All nursing staff should be familiar with the medical gas installation and medical gas alarms as it is very important for nursing staff to be able to provide the engineers with the correct information when there is an ongoing medical gas alarm and laos should be able to close the AVSUs in case of emergency. We provide a Basic Medical gas familiarity Course tailor made to the clients requirements.
Contact our Head of Tektraco Medical – Mr Marcus Abelafor further information
FAQ and more answered by our Experts:
1. What are medical gases?
Medical gases are Medicines. A medical gas is administered to a patient under the direction of a physician.
2. What are the forms /sources of Medical gases?
Medical gases can be supplied from; High Pressure cylinders, or Dedicated devices such as oxygen concentrators or compressed air plants.
3. What are the main medical gases that are usually piped in a hospital?
The main medical gases that are usually piped are oxygen, Nitrous oxide, Entonox ,Medical Air, Surgical Air, Vacuum and AGSS.
4. How do I store and handle gas cylinders?
Store in a secure, dry and well ventilated area away from combustible materials, kitchens , and electrical rooms.
Small sized cylinders can be stored in the horizontal position but F and larger must be stored upright, secured in racks or with chains to prevent them from falling over.
The floor should be level and constructed of concrete or other non-combustible material.
The store ,ideally should be located in an area close to where the delivery truck can come as close as possible to reduce handling.
Only lubricants and PTFE tape that are made for oxygen service and specified by the equipment supplier should be used.
Always use clean hands or gloves when changing cylinders. Check that hands are free from oil or grease before handling equipment.
Separate empty, full and faulty cylinders.
Never repaint, or change the marking on cylinders.
The storage area should be clearly identified i.e. by use of appropriate signage including Safety Signage such as ‘Flammable Gases No Smoking’
5. What are the advantages of a Piped Medical gas system over supply of gas via gas cylinders?
A piped medical gas system (PMGS) is installed to provide a safe, convenient and cost-effective system for the provision of medical gases to patients in Hospitals, Clinics, Old People’s Homes and Veterinary Hospitals. It reduces the problems associated with the use of gas cylinders such as safety, storage, handling and noise. However, for a medical gas system to be safe and effective , it must be carefully planned and managed by qualified personnel.
6. What medical gas standards should I follow?
Depending on your geographical location you need to check with the local authorities to ensure you are following the right standard. In general Europe follows EN 7396-1, UK follows the HTM 02-01, USA follow the NFPA standard.
If, in your area no standard is being used/ enforced, we recommend contacting us so we can discuss and recommend which standard to follow to ensure patient safety which at the end guarantees your organisation’s peace of mind and reputation.
7. I would like to have a piped medical gas system in my existing or new hospital . Where do I start?
Initially you will need to prepare a layout of your existing or new hospital and mark out room /area designation together with the number of beds in order to come up with a list ;for example 3 operating theatres ( mention type of surgeries such as orthopaedic, neurosurgery, general surgery), Recovery room with 5 beds, Patient ward with 20 single rooms, 8 ICU beds etc. With this information, one of our specialists would be able to give you an estimate for the Design , Supply , installation, Testing & Commissioning according to the Medical gas standards that need to be followed.
8. How many sources of supply should I have per gas?
In general , the main medical gas standards and recommendations state that each supply system should have 3 Sources of Supply. Interpretation of this might vary from one standard to another.
9. Can I use medical air for dental systems?
We recommend that dental air is supplied via a dedicated supply since due to the high flow used in dental applications, if a hose is damaged , there can be substantial loss of pressure that would effect patients using medical air.
10. Can I use common materials for my medical gas installation?
No. All material such as pipes and plant must be of the appropriate medical grade and produced by certified manufacturers. For example copper pipes must be degreased for use with oxygen and manufactured to the relevant medical gas standard. Compressed air that will be used as medical or surgical air should be supplied from a medical air compressor with all the necessary air drying and filtration for the output air to meet the relevant medical gas standards.
11. Can I locate the air intake of my medical air compressor anywhere?
No. It is important that it is located in an area which ensures a clean air source, away from parking areas where accumulation of CO is present, away from Vacuum & AGSS discharge points and away from ventilation systems or other sources of contaminants.
12. Does everyone that installs Medical Air and Vacuum need to be certified?
Yes, EN7396-1 and HTM 02 state that supervisors and installers should be in possession of the Authorised and Competent Persons Certificate, whilst NFPA states that installers are to be in possession of ASSE 6010 certification whilst people maintaining and testing medical gas systems should be in possession of ASSE 6010 certification.
13. What type of medical compressor should I install?
Medical air is different from industrial compressed air. Medical air is absent from contaminant gases and particulates, contains no oil or odor, and is dry enough to ensure that liquid water never forms in the piping. The easiest and most cost effective way to achieve this is with oil free and oil less technology, compressors such as the scroll, oil-less reciprocating and oil free tooth machines and thus these are strongly preferred.
With the proper oil separation and filtration oil lubricated machines and liquid ring machines can also be used successfully in the production of medical air (where permitted by local standard).
14. How dry does medical air have to be?
In terms of therapeutic value , we believe that there are no advantages if the air is dryer than necessary. The important issue is that the air is dry enough as not to form liquid water in the piping. HTM 02-01 has set a dewpoint level which is based on a dew point that is achieved by a dessicant dryer (-46 degrees C). NFPA is more lenient in that the requirement is ‘a dew point below frost point’.
15. What should I do when it seems that a lot of medical gas is being used?
Before calling a medical gas specialist to check for leaks within the medical gas plant and pipework , ensure that all flow meters and suction units that are not in use are shut down. Also check if any tubings are cracked. Also ensure that there are no leaks from tailpipe to cylinder connections and replace bodok seals as necessary.
16. What type of Medical vacuum pump should I buy?
Any suitable type of vacuum pump may be used. Water sealed pumps should not be used. Reciprocating pumps were used but these have almost universally been replaced by rotary vane pumps. The pumps are oil lubricated. Duplex bacterial filters should be installed.
17. Can a centralised Vacuum plant be used for all hospital medical suction requirements?
We recommend using separate dedicated central vacuum plants or portable suction units for infectious diseases areas and pathology laboratories. This will avoid cross contamination. Medical Central vacuum plants cannot be used for Dental suction.
18. Can we put the exhaust for the Medical Vacuum anywhere in the basement or in a corridor?
No, it has to be outdoors, away from any window, door, air intake or other opening into the building. It also needs to be at a different level from other air intakes where prevailing winds or topography could not divert the exhaust into occupied areas. Signs indicating Medical Vacuum Exhaust point should be put in place.
19. Should I install normal line valves at entrance to wards so I can close in emergency or maintenance?
At the entrance to every ward ,visible Area Valve service units should be installed. Area valve service units construction requirements are described in detail in the relevant medical gas standard applicable.
20. What type of medical alarm system should I install?
We recommend that as a minimum Area alarms are installed at each ward and Plant alarms are installed at one 24 hour manned location. Area alarms give low and high line pressure alarms at ward level. Plant alarms provide plant status and alert staff of any faults.