Failure of critical medical gas and vacuum systems definitely leads to a stressful situation. For this reason medical gas and vacuum equipment must be is redundant to prevent a catastrophic failure to the patient care environment. However, there are always situations where the redundancy may not be sufficient. Recently, we had a situation where a […]
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Medical air is one of the most crucial medical gases serving an NFPA 99 Category 1 facility or space. It is typically responsible for keeping ventilators and blenders running and downtime of any length is simply not acceptable. When work must be performed on the air compressor source, especially within the control panel, power […]
NOTE: All references taken from NFPA 99 – 2012 edition We get this question from customers with medical gas manifolds installed outdoors sometimes. NFPA 99 addresses this question directly in chapter 11 where it talks about protecting gas cylinders stored outdoors: Note: sub-paragraph (3) 126.96.36.199 Cylinders stored in the open shall be protected as follows: […]
When you have a hospital of any age it is likely that you probably have outlets manufactured by more than one company. When this happens you may get outlet repair parts mixed up especially in the case of Amico and Beacon (Series B) style outlets. If you’ve ever rebuilt the latch valve of one of […]
There are two types of zone valve references that address labeling in NFPA 99 (2012 edition). One is for new construction projects which is located here: 188.8.131.52.8 Zone valves shall be labeled in accordance with 184.108.40.206. 220.127.116.11 Shutoff Valves. 18.104.22.168.1 Shutoff valves shall be identified with the following: (1) Name or chemical symbol for the specific […]