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Medical Air
Medicinal gas, compressed
Package Leaflet: Information for the User
Medical Air, Oxygen 21%, Nitrogen 79%
Medicinal gas, compressed

1. WHAT IS MEDICAL AIR AND WHAT IS IT
USED FOR

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).
• 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
immediately.

Medical Air is a medicinal gas, supplied in cylinders
filled to a high pressure. Medical Air is used:
• as a carrier for some anaesthetic agents.
• to provide clean air in ventilators and
incubators.
• to power air driven medical equipment such as
resuscitators.

This leaflet gives you information about:
1. What is Medical Air and what is it used for
2. Things to consider before use
3. How to use Medical Air
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Medical Air cylinders
6. Further Information

Ensure that your healthcare professional is aware of
any medical conditions that you may have.

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2. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE USE
Medical Air is only given to you in a hospital
or clinic under the supervision of a healthcare
professional.

Pregnancy and breast feeding
Medical Air will not affect you or your baby if used
during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.

Medical Air, Medicinal gas, compressed

Driving and using machines
You may drive and use machines after using
Medical Air providing that your healthcare
professional considers that you are both fit and
capable.

3. HOW TO USE MEDICAL AIR
Instructions for use
Your healthcare professional will ensure that your
Medical Air supply is suitable for your use and that
the equipment has been set up correctly so that
you receive the right amount of air.
When you are given your Medical Air it will be
supplied via a facemask or an endotracheal tube (a
tube inserted into your airways).
If you have any further questions on how this
product is used, ask your healthcare professional.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
There are no side effects with Medical Air.
Reporting of side effects
If you experience any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, contact your healthcare professional
immediately. You can also report side effects
directly to the Medicines and Healthcare Products
Regulatory 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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5. HOW TO STORE MEDICAL AIR CYLINDERS
Expiry date
Medical Air should not be used after the expiry
date stated on the batch label on the cylinder.
Product should be used in strict rotation so that
cylinders with the earliest expiry date are used
first.
Cylinder storage
Cylinders should be securely stored, in a well
ventilated, dry and clean area, away from oils,
greases, flammable materials and sources of
extreme temperature.
The healthcare professional in the hospital or clinic
will be responsible for making sure the cylinders
are stored correctly.
DO NOT SMOKE or have a naked flame near your
Medical Air gas cylinder.
NEVER use oil based moisturising creams with
your Medical Air equipment.

Medical Carbon Dioxide Medicinal gas, liquefied

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Medical Air Contains
Your Medical Air cylinder contains compressed
atmospheric air which is made up of 21% Oxygen
and 79% Nitrogen.
There are no other ingredients in Medical Air.
Medical Air cylinders
Medical Air is supplied in the following size
cylinders:
Cylinder Cylinder
Contents
Size
(Litres)

E
F
G

640
1280
3200

Cylinder Cylinder
Contents
Size
(Litres)
J
T4*
T7*

6400
4600
4600

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All cylinders require separate pressure regulators
to be fitted to the cylinder valve before use apart
from the cylinders marked (*) in the table above
which are supplied with an integral pressure
regulator built into the cylinder valve.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
BOC Ltd
The Priestley Centre
10 Priestley Road
The Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XY
Tel 0800 111333
This leaflet was last approved in
02/2016

The shoulder of Medical Air cylinders are colour
coded black and white. The body is colour coded
grey.

Shoulder of cylinder
viewed from above

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HLC/505550_MED/UKS/0316

Body of cylinder
viewed from the side

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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