Up to date, expert answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about oxygen supply systems, respiratory care and pulse oximetry written by OCC & collaborators.
Maintenance for Oxygen Equipment
How can I tell if my cylinder is full of 100% oxygen?
- Without access to an oxygen analyser it can be difficult to determine the gas contents in a cylinder. International standards for color of cylinders are not straightforward.
- Most cylinders are filled using pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants and thus have a maximum FiO2 of 95% and often considerably less.
- Older oxygen cylinders may be black with a white top. Outside of these standards many variations also exist. All the cylinders in the images below contained oxygen.
- Oxygen analysers should be used to determine gases before use. Cylinders require routine testing and cleaning by certified technicians. Outlet fittings should be examined for damage or corrosion.