FS Medical Technology’s Med Gas Safe™ program is an innovative approach to the expanded inspection, maintenance and record keeping requirements of NFPA 99 2012 edition and ASSE 6000 Series. Reports are provided in both paper and digital format. Online access is available via the FS Medical Technology web site to preferred customers using a login code and password.
Annual inspections are designed to meet all requirements of TJC, CMS and AAAHC requirements. Medical facilities may select from a wide range of preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance and additional inspection services addressing important risk management factors. Clients may elect to include a task-oriented inspection approach which allows FSMT technicians to make minor repairs and adjustments as the inspection proceeds.
Scope of Work
The Med Gas Safe TM annual inspection includes ASSE Series 6000 and NFPA 99 2012 edition Preventative Maintenance Guidelines. The following items are included in our inspection scope of work:
Testing of master alarm panels. NFPA 99 – 184.108.40.206.8
Function test of all signals from source and bulk systems to master alarm panels. Simulate failures at all source field switches. Includes determination of trip setting accuracy and correct bulk/source system labeling.
Testing of area alarm panels. NFPA 99 – 220.127.116.11.8
Tests all audible and visual alarm signals for continuity, determine accuracy of trip settings and readouts. Includes determination of proper area served signage. Pressure transducers/pressure switches will be function tested to determine proper operation of hi/lo pressure signals, proper communication with area panel, and determination of hi/lo trip setting on alarm display.
Zone valves. ASSE – 3.5 & 3.6, NFPA 99 – 18.104.22.168.3.1 (8)
Verify proper area served labeling, test for external leakage and validate accuracy of pressure gauge. Particulate samples are taken in each zone to test for contamination.
Liquid bulk systems. NFPA 99 – 22.214.171.124.3.1 (6), ASSE 3.5
Test operation of the reserve and reserve in use signaling devices, check proper function of level activating switch. Inspect all cryogenic tanks for security, leaks, control configuration and labeling.
Gas source systems. NFPA 99 – 126.96.36.199.3.1 (5), ASSE 3.5
Leak test all manifold components including valves, pigtails and regulators. Test for proper reserve in use pressure switch activation. Test for proper operation of the changeover for secondary supply.
Medical air system. NFPA 99 – 188.8.131.52.3.1 (1), ASSE 3.3, 3.3 and 3.5
Verify compressor operating within manufacturer specifications. Check for documented maintenance plan in place. Function test of automatic alternating controls. Test audible and visual alarms. Test pressure across filters. Calibrate dew point monitor and verify proper operation.
Vacuum system. NFPA 99 – 184.108.40.206.2.4
Verify maintenance conducted according to manufacturer specifications. Function test automatic alternating controls. Test pressure/vacuum switch for proper operation. Validate frequency of pump starts and duration of runs. Measure cut-in and cut-out pressure/vacuum.
Manufactured assemblies. NFPA 99 – 220.127.116.11.3.2 (A)
Verify that each joint and DISS fitting is examined for leakage and that the flexible assemblies are in a safe working condition.
Vacuum inlets and pressure gas outlets. NFPA 99 – 18.104.22.168.3.1 (11)
Test flow of all vacuum inlets. Check pressure and flow of all outlets in critical care areas: emergency room, intensive care, special care units, procedure labs, delivery rooms, operating rooms and recovery rooms.
Surgical suite testing is performed after-hours. Critical care unit testing includes coordination with respiratory services.
Specialty inspection services are available to increase safety and improve risk management activities. Each, or all, of the following may be added to the Med Gas Safe TM program:
CAD signage : CAD signage is installed at area alarm panels and zone valve boxes to clearly identify areas served. Signage is custom designed to include the facility logo and emergency instructions.
Sizing surveys: Facility managers need to know how if any capacity limitations are eroding facility expansion plans. Pressure and vacuum system sizing determines the performance level of production and provides a growth determination to aid in facility planning.
Compliance 365: Compliance 365 is an FSMT program which can help facilities implement an effective preventative maintenance program for medical gas equipment. The program describes a complete package of maintenance requirements to care for both pipeline and source/bulk equipment. A maintenance checklist is included to assist facilities generate work orders at pre-determined frequencies. The checklist groups tasks into sensible categories as recommended by NFPA, ASSE and equipment manufacturers. Compliance 365 is extremely useful during hospital accreditation surveys to describe facility activities extending beyond the annual medical gas inspection. The program reflects both a macro and detail perspective of preventative maintenance.
Thermal Imaging: FSMT technicians are trained to collect thermal images of medical gas equipment to aid in troubleshooting and preventative maintenance activities. This non-contact technique studies both electrical and mechanical equipment focusing on apparent temperature and thermal effects. Thermography analysis is performed by ASNT qualified staff using FLIR software. Reports include color images, diagnostic analysis and data specifics.
FSMT’s report package, Med Gas Safe, is composed of modules which include a dashboard overview, performance improvement plan, equipment inventory, discrepancy findings, operational parameters and an executive summary.
A benchmarking module compares the inspected facility to other similarly sized facilities with in the FSMT service areas.
Each report is accompanied by a discrepancy quotation which prices corrective actions to be taken. Recommendations for suggested maintenance items are also included in the proposal.
Our reports are available via the internet using an FSMT assigned login and password. Most reports are completed within 21 days of the technicians leaving the facility site.
Scope of Work