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Compressed Medical Oxygen
Medicinal gas, compressed
Package Leaflet: Information for the User
Compressed Medical Oxygen
Oxygen 99.5%
Medicinal gas, compressed
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet as you may need to read it
again.
• If you have further questions, ask your
healthcare professional (doctor, nurse or
pharmacist) or homecare provider.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you.
• Do not pass it on to others as it may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects become serious, or
if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your healthcare professional
or homecare provider immediately.
This leaflet gives you information about:
1. What is Compressed Medical Oxygen and what
is it used for
2. Things to consider before use
3. How to use Compressed Medical Oxygen
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Compressed Medical Oxygen
cylinders
6. Further Information

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1. WHAT IS COMPRESSED MEDICAL OXYGEN
AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Compressed Medical Oxygen is a medicinal gas,
supplied in cylinders filled to a high pressure.
Medical Oxygen is used:
• during anaesthesia and for recovery following
surgery
• to treat or prevent oxygen deficiency in the
body in many different situations such as:
• surgery or major trauma such as a road
traffic accident
• heart attacks
• severe blood loss
• carbon monoxide poisoning
• severe lung and heart conditions
• very high fevers
• for resuscitation of adults, children and babies.
• for treatment of cluster headaches

2. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE USE
Medical Oxygen is only prescribed to you by a
healthcare professional.
Ensure that your healthcare professional is aware of
any medical conditions that you may have.

Compressed Medical Oxygen Medicinal gas, compressed Package Leaflet: Information for the User

Take special care when using Medical Oxygen if:
• your baby requires extra oxygen and is
premature. Only give the amount of Medical
Oxygen advised by your healthcare professional
• you are suffering from chronic lung disease,
such as bronchitis or emphysema. The
amount of Medical Oxygen used must be
carefully controlled to the flow rate that has
been prescribed to you by your healthcare
professional
• you have accidentally taken Paraquat (a
type of weed killer), advise your healthcare
professional before using Medical Oxygen, as
there is a possibility of toxic effects to the lungs
Taking other medicines
If you have been taking or prescribed Bleomycin
(to treat cancer), Amiodarone (to treat an irregular
heartbeat) or Nitrofurantoin and similar antibiotics
(to treat infection), advise your healthcare
professional before using Medical Oxygen, as there
is a possibility of toxic effects to the lungs.
Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Medical Oxygen will not affect you or your baby if
used during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.
Driving and using machines
You may drive and use machines after using
Medical Oxygen providing that your healthcare
professional considers that you are both fit and
capable.

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3. HOW TO USE COMPRESSED MEDICAL
OXYGEN
Instructions for use
In a hospital or clinic Medical Oxygen will be given
to you by a healthcare professional. They will
ensure that your Medical Oxygen supply is suitable
for your use and that the equipment has been set
up correctly so that you receive the right amount
of oxygen.
To breathe your Medical Oxygen you will either be
given a face mask or a nasal cannula. The prongs
on the cannula are inserted into your nostrils and
the tubing is placed over your ears and adjusted
under your neck for comfort. The face mask or
nasal cannula is connected to your oxygen system
with the tubing provided.
Always use your Medical Oxygen exactly as your
healthcare professional has shown you and at
the correct flow rate. You should check with your
healthcare professional if you are not sure.
If you are using the gas at home you will be given
full training by your homecare provider on the use
of the cylinder and equipment when you receive
your first supply.
When using your Compressed Medical Oxygen at
home, you must:
• ensure that the cylinder is stood upright on a
flat surface and supported so that it will not
fall over. Small cylinders may be laid down if
appropriate. Never place the cylinder on your
bed when it is in use.

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• check the contents gauge on the cylinder or the
regulator before you start to make sure there is
enough gas available for your use
• check that the tubing is correctly fitted to the
outlet
• select the flow prescribed by your healthcare
professional , as advised by your homecare
provider
• ensure that all your cylinder and any additional
delivery equipment is kept free from oil and
grease
• open the cylinder valve slowly
• turn the cylinder valve ‘OFF’ with moderate
force only when the cylinder is not in use
• if a leak occurs, this will be evident by a hissing
noise. Close the cylinder valve and check the
connection of the tubing to the outlet. If the
leak continues close the valve and contact your
homecare provider.
• close the valve when the cylinder is empty
using moderate force only when the cylinder is
empty
• always use your Medical Oxygen exactly as your
homecare provider has shown you. You should
check with your homecare provider if you are
not sure.
DO NOT SMOKE or let anyone else smoke near
your Medical Oxygen gas cylinder

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If you use more Medical Oxygen than you should
In most cases it is unlikely that an overdose could
occur if you follow your healthcare professional’s
advice.
If you are concerned that you have used too much
Medical Oxygen and feel unwell or if you have any
questions on the correct use of Medical Oxygen,
please ask your healthcare professional.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Medical Oxygen may cause side
effects, although not everybody will get them.
The side effects that may occur whilst using
Medical Oxygen are:
• soreness of the chest associated with coughing
and breathing difficulties after breathing pure
oxygen for a prolonged period (6-12 hours).
This is made worse by smoking and exposure to
cold air
• dizziness, fits and loss of consciousness after
2-3 hours of exposure, which can occur if you
are treated with high pressure (hyperbaric)
oxygen in pressurised chambers
• eye damage (retrolental fibroplasia) which
can result in blindness, which may occur with
new born babies if they are exposed to oxygen
concentrations of more than 40%.

DO NOT USE your oxygen cylinder near open fires
Reporting of side effects
or naked flames as oxygen will make a flame
If you experience any of these side effects, or if
burn much more violently.
you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
NEVER use oil based moisturising creams with
contact your healthcare professional immediately.
your cylinder equipment. If using alcohol gels
You can also report side effects directly to the
allow plenty of time for the alcohol gel to dry
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory
before handling oxygen equipment.
Agency (MHRA) via the Yellow Card Scheme www.
mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard and to BOC Healthcare. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

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Compressed Medical Oxygen Medicinal gas, compressed Package Leaflet: Information for the User

5. HOW TO STORE COMPRESSED MEDICAL
OXYGEN CYLINDERS
Expiry date
Do not use Medical Oxygen after the expiry date
which is stated on the cylinder batch label.
Medical Oxygen should be used in strict rotation so
that cylinders with the earliest filling date are used
first.
Cylinder storage
Store your Medical Oxygen cylinders:
• so that they can not fall over and cause injury
• in clean, well ventilated and dry conditions, not
exposed to extremes of heat or cold
• away from oil, grease and flammable material
• in a designated area, where they can be kept
separate from other medical and non-medical
cylinders, with empty and full cylinders kept
apart
• out of sight and reach of children
Handling cylinders
Always handle your Medical Oxygen cylinders
with care, only moving them using an appropriate
trolley, handling device or carrying bag.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Medical Oxygen Contains
Your Medical Oxygen cylinder contains a minimum
of 99.5% Oxygen.
There are no other ingredients.

Medical Oxygen cylinders
Medical Oxygen is supplied in the following size
cylinders to hospitals and clinics:

Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

AZ*
ZA
D*
CD
ZD
E*

170
300
340
460
605
690

F*
IQX
HX*
ZX
G*
J*

1360
2000
2300
3040
3400
6800

Medical Oxygen is supplied in the following size
cylinders for homecare use:
Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

Cylinder
Size

Cylinder
Contents
(Litres)

ZA
CD
DD

300
460
460

AF*
DF*
ZH

680
1360
2400

The colour coding of the shoulder of Oxygen
cylinders is white. The body is colour coded white
apart from the cylinders marked (*) in the table
above which for a limited period may have a black
body.
Shoulder of cylinders
viewed from above

Oxygen

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Body of cylinder types
viewed from the side

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Sizes ZA, ZD, CD, DD, DF, HX, IQX, ZH and ZX
cylinders are supplied with an integral pressure
regulator built into the cylinder valve. The IQX size
cylinder has a digital gauge and display which
provides visual and audible alarms.
All other cylinders require a separate pressure
regulator to be fitted to the cylinder valve before
use.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
BOC Ltd
The Priestley Centre
10 Priestley Road
The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XY
Tel 0800 111333
bochealthcare-uk@boc.com
www.bochealthcare.co.uk

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This leaflet was last approved in
10/2015

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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