COMPRESSED MEDICAL OXYGEN

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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
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

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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.
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.

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

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.

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DO NOT SMOKE or let anyone else smoke near your
Medical Oxygen gas cylinder.
DO NOT use your oxygen cylinder near open fires or
naked flames as oxygen will make a flame burn much
more violently.
NEVER use oil based moisturising creams with your
cylinder equipment. If using alcohol gels allow plenty
of time for the alcohol gel to dry before handling
oxygen equipment.
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

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









• 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
check the contents gauge on the cylinder before you start,
pressurised chambers
to make sure there is enough gas available for your use
• eye damage (retrolental fibroplasia) which can result
check that the tubing is correctly fitted to the outlet
in blindness, which may occur with new born babies
select the flow prescribed by your healthcare
if they are exposed to oxygen concentrations of more
Professional. as advised by your homecare provider
than 40%.
ensure that your cylinder and any additional delivery
Reporting of side effects
equipment provided is kept free from oil and
grease
If you experience any of these side effects, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, contact
open the cylinder valve slowly
your healthcare professional immediately. You can also
turn the cylinder valve ‘OFF’ with moderate force only
report side effects directly to the Medicines and
when the cylinder is not in use
Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) via the
if a leak occurs, this will be evident by a hissing noise.
Yellow Card Scheme www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard and
Close the cylinder valve and check the connection of the to BOC Healthcare. By reporting side effects you can help
tubing to the outlet. If the leak continues close the valve
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
and contact your homecare provider.

• close the valve when the cylinder is empty using
moderate force only


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:

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.

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5. HOW TO STORE 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.

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Cylinder storage
Store your Medical Oxygen cylinders:

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.

• 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

Shoulder of cylinders
viewed from above

Handling cylinders
Always handle your Medical Oxygen cylinders with
care, only moving them using an appropriate trolley,
handling device or carrying bag.

Body of cylinder types
viewed from the side

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

Sizes ZA, ,ZD, CD, DD, DF, HX, ZH and ZX
cylinders are supplied with an integral pressure
regulator built into the cylinder valve.

Medical Oxygen cylinders
Medical Oxygen is supplied in the following size cylinders to
hospitals and clinics:
All other cylinders require a separate pressure regulator
to be fitted to the cylinder valve before use.
Cylinder
Cylinder
Cylinder
Cylinder
Size
Size
Contents
Contents
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
(Litres)
(Litres)
BOC Ltd
AZ*
170
F*
1360
The Priestley Centre
ZA
300
HX*
2300
10 Priestley Road
The Surrey Research Park
D*
340
ZX
3040
Guildford
CD
G
3400
460
Surrey
GU2 7XY
ZD
605
J
6800
E*

680

Tel 0800 111333
bochealthcare-uk@boc.com

Medical Oxygen is supplied in the following size cylinders for
homecare use:
This leaflet was last approved in
02/2014
Cylinder
Cylinder
Cylinder
Cylinder
Size
Size
Contents
Contents
(Litres)
(Litres)
ZA

300

AF*

680

CD

460

DF*

1360

DD

460

ZH

2400

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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