Medical oxygen

Medical oxygen is used on ships

Medical oxygen is a life-sustaining gas used in both acute and routine contexts. Therefore, it is a legal requirement that the majority of vessels carry medical oxygen in cylinders.

Medical oxygen is a prescription-free drug. Certain requirements apply for the transport and storage of medical oxygen, as it is considered to be dangerous goods.

SEACAT-Schmeding delivers medical oxygen to ships worldwide.

It is a legal requirement in e.g. Danish type A and B medicine chests that the ship must have mobile resuscitation equipment. A type B chest must have 2 x 2 litres of medical oxygen. A type A chest must also have an additional 20 litres of oxygen.

The cylinders are available with either pin index or bull nose valves.

Due to the explosive hazard associated with the transport and storage of medical oxygen, there are additional requirements in place pertaining to the layout on ships and storage of the bottles in particular.

We are able to deliver medical oxygen worldwide at short notice.

Medical oxygen is used on ships, particularly for acute cases of pain or accidents.

Mobile resuscitation equipment

Easily transported

The mobile resuscitation equipment consists of an oxygen cylinder fitted with a pressure-reducing valve, a flow regulator, a ventilation bag with an adult-sized mask and the relevant tubes.

As a minimum requirement, the flow regulator must be able to allow for doses in the range of 0 – 15L of oxygen per minute.

If you use oxygen cylinders with a pin system, there must be additional gaskets in reserve. In addition, there must be an airway adjunct and mechanical suction equipment with a suction catheter and reservoir. The suction equipment must be able to function without the use of the oxygen cylinder.

The equipment must include a clear instruction manual and a first aid treatment manual in case of cardiac arrest.

The mobile resuscitation equipment must be assembled and ready for use in a unit that can be easily transported.

The oxygen in the ship's medicine chest...

is medical oxygen

The oxygen in the ship’s medicine chest is medical oxygen. When the medicine chest inventory states a particular amount of oxygen – e.g. 4 litres in a type B chest – this means 4 litres of oxygen pressurised to at least 200 bar, corresponding to 800 litres of gaseous oxygen.

In the mobile resuscitation equipment, the oxygen cylinders must be between 2 and 4 litres in volume. At a pressure of 200 bar, this corresponds to the following content at atmospheric pressure

2 litre cylinder: 2 x 200 = 400 litres

4 litre cylinder: 4 x 200 = 800 litres

In addition to the mobile resuscitation equipment, the Danish type A chest must contain 20 litres of oxygen. The oxygen in the mobile resuscitation equipment must be split across two bottles of 2-4 litres each, so that one is ready for use in the resuscitation equipment while the other is held in reserve.

If dangerous goods are carried on the ship, an additional 20 litres of oxygen must be added.

Testing

Oxygen cylinders must be pressure tested at least every ten years

The Danish type B chest must carry at least 4 litres of oxygen split across two cylinders.

If dangerous goods are carried on the ship, an additional 40 litres of oxygen must be added.

The type C chest only includes resuscitation equipment if dangerous goods are carried.

The mobile resuscitation equipment must be tested and undergo inspection at least every three months. Inspection data must be documented in the ship’s log, and where no log is kept, the inspection must be recorded in the survey book.

Oxygen cylinders must be pressure tested at least every ten years.

Contact us to find out how much oxygen the different types of chests must carry. It depends on the flag state and the number of crew members.

Medical oxygen

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