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Oxygen Cylinders - Patient Residence Storage

How should oxygen cylinders be stored in the patient's residence?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

The three main issues to oxygen storage in a patient’s residence are: 
  1. Secured in an appropriate stand to prevent tipping and physical damage
  2. Placement away from heat sources
  3. Located with adequate ventilation

Placement under the patient's bed would be acceptable if there are no bed coverings which prevent airflow and there is no heat source such as a radiator or air register (central air heating).

Inappropriate storage locations would include; open porches or decks, near a furnace or water heater, and closets. 
Last updated on May 28, 2020
Manual: Home Care
Chapter: Environment of Care EC

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