MEDICAL GASES: SAFE AND EFFECTIVE USE
Medical gases are those which are manufactured, packaged, and intended for administration to a patient in anesthesia, therapy, or diagnosis. The officially listed therapeutic gases include Oxygen, Helium, Carbon dioxide, Nitrous oxide, Medical air and Nitrogen. These gases are usually given to the pre operated, intra operated and post operated patients and to the patients in case of emergency. These gases are to be supplied in airtight, color coded, well labeled container as required by the respective regulatory authorities of every country or via a central line which runs thru the entire hospital.In spite of all the regulations, precautions put down by the regulatory authorities, there are still reports of medical gas mix ups which even resulted in death of the patients. Even though the mistake done is not intentional it puts the patient’s life at jeopardy. So, eventually who is to be blamed for the mix up, the regulatory authority, the manufacturer, the distributor, the physician or the nurse? Well it is a rhetorical question which still remains unanswered.These reports emphasize the need of regular monitoring from their manufacture until their administration.