This publication is intended to help health care facilities assess their infrastructure needs based on expected demand. Assessment results will help to facilitate discussions between health care facilities and bulk medical oxygen suppliers on infrastructure and/or supply equipment changes needed to ensure adequate supply of medical oxygen at patient use points based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This publication aids in the assessment of bulk medical oxygen supply systems and health care facility medical oxygen pipelines to support medical oxygen demands. Where the bulk medical oxygen supply system is unable to adequately provide medical oxygen due to a change in demand, this publication provides recommendations for modifying the health care facility pipeline and/or the bulk medical oxygen supply system.
This publication does not address the capabilities of medical oxygen equipment utilized for patient treatment.