Medical gases

Our guidance

Appropriate use of Medical Gases is particularly important currently. Our guidance below will help you understand and apply the pharmacy role.

Must read background material and guidance to support good medical gas use for hospital Chief Pharmacists and their teams
Answers to common questions covering: pharmacy responsibilities, medical gas committees, medical gas pipeline systems, gas delivery systems, and governance

All resources from SPS and a collection of material we’re collating from elsewhere are presented below.

Care Homes and COVID-19: Oxygen management

21 January 2021Home oxygen therapy is commonly used in care homes by patients with underlying lung conditions. In the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there may be an increased…

Governance of Medical Gas Provision: key publications

13 January 2021Signposts to key publications from the Department of Health and Health Facilities Scotland

Using different Gas Delivery Devices and implications

13 January 2021Clinical use of NIVs and HFNO and implications on pipeline capacity; the use of W-sized cylinders

Answers to questions on Medical Gases, Oxygen and the COVID-19 pandemic

13 January 2021Answers to common questions covering: pharmacy responsibilities, medical gas committees, medical gas pipeline systems, gas delivery systems, and governance

Pharmacy responsibilities and Medical Gases, Oxygen and the COVID-19 Pandemic

13 January 2021The pharmacy remit in relation to medical gases is covered, as well as the role in managing cylinder stock

Medical Gas Pipeline Systems and Oxygen Supply Resilience

13 January 2021Using data, following guidance, and checking systems and flow rates for Medical Gas Pipelines and Oxygen Supply Resilience

Medical Gas Committees: their role, responsibilities, and membership

13 January 2021Describes why Medical Gas Committees are required, suggested membership and ToR, and their role during the pandemic

Using Medical Gases Appropriately

11 January 2021Must read background material and guidance to support good medical gas use for hospital Chief Pharmacists and their teams

Management of Oxygen during periods of high utilisation

11 January 2021An example document from Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on this issue

Oxygen Good Housekeeping Summary

11 January 2021A single slide summarising Oxygen good housekeeping points