Guidance for Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Other Health Care Facilities (PDF)

This guidance is intended to alert hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities to the hazards of medical gas mix-ups. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports during the past 4 years from hospitals and nursing homes involving 7 deaths and 15 injuries to patients who were thought to be receiving medical grade oxygen, but were receiving a different gas (e.g., nitrogen) that had been mistakenly connected to the oxygen supply system. This guidance makes recommendations that will help hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities avoid the tragedies that result from medical gas mix-ups.

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