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NFPA 99 FOR 2018

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:03 PM
    Message # 5643261
    Al Moon (Administrator)

    Well I started to read again (yes on the airplane), this great code for medical gas and vacuum systems and this will be not be my the last statement on the new 2018 Edition of the NFPA 99.

    So here we go.

    Section #

    Now adds permitted locations of medical gas systems to

    Simulation Centers for Education, Training & Assessment

    of Health Care Professional

    Great / But what of the Medical Surgical Vacuum System ? !

    Has this NFPA Document, Still Leaving Us With Only,

    Section # For The Answer ? 

    Last modified: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:37 PM | Al Moon (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 11:11 AM
    Reply # 5644094 on 5643261
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:36 AM
    Reply # 5645119 on 5643261

    Good morning

    What I believe about is that the Vacuum system should not be used for any other purposes but medical, so we should not pipe this system to any other location for a nonmedical use.

    If we need vacuum for a lab, training or any other nonmedical use, we should design a dedicated piping system and we could use the same vacuum system source as allow in

  • Friday, December 29, 2017 9:35 PM
    Reply # 5653119 on 5643261

    I had an experience with a simulation lab for a large teaching medical center out here. The design team was installing positive pressure source equipment that did not meet the NFPA 99, 2005 edition requirements for medical air.

    I asked the facility whether the anesthesia machines used in the teaching building in the simulation OR labs would be dedicated to this facility and not be rotated in the hospital for patient use. They went to the facility and found out the intent was to ROTATE the anesthesia machines between the in-patient OR rooms and the teaching lab. Once we told this I had to fight for 4 months to get the design team to understand the project had to pay for a NFPA 99, 2005 edition compliant medical air source equipment. To see this in the code back then would have made this much easier to change. My only concern with the medical vacuum would be if the system is fire safe for waste anesthetic gases and Nitrous Oxide. So, we now need to know if the facility intends to use Nitrous oxide and volatile WAG in the OR simulation lab or if they intend to just fake that portion of the simulation.

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