Who Is Installing Your Medical Gas Pipeline?
September 2023: The installation of medical gas and vacuum systems in health care facilities must be performed by a qualified technician.
Are Your Sterile Compounding Facilities In Compliance?
August 2023: The new USP797 guidelines are in effect in November 2023. Are your sterile compounding facilities in compliance?
Is Your Dewpoint Monitor Reading and Working Properly?
July 2023: The damage to critical life-saving equipment could be devastating and compromise patient safety. Learn the importance of dewpoint monitors and maintenance tips.
Is Your Healthcare Facility Ready to Designate an Individual or Individuals as the Main Responsible Facility Authority?
June 2023: The Responsible Facility Authority (RFA) is responsible for implementing piped medical gas and vacuum system requirements as established in NFPA 99. Historically, the role required the acting person(s) to receive all the documentation from certifiers and inspectors testing the medical gas system. Their job was to accept the validity of the reports and keep them on file.
Support Gas – Nitrogen or Instrument Air
May 2023: These gases are primarily used for powering equipment used in patient care procedures. Powering of pneumatic booms, boom brakes, pendants, drive surgical tools, sterilizer doors, and SPD drying carts and cabinets. The use of Nitrogen and Instrument Air within the hospital keeps expanding, and along with that, the pressure (PSIG) requirements needed for the uses are changing the pressure requirements.
This link leads to the machine-readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.