Figure 3-10. Attaching humidifier to flow meter.
PROCEDURE FOR SETTING UP A WALL OXYGEN UNIT
When oxygen is to be obtained from a piped-in supply, a station valve is located
on the wall. Two general types of station outlet valves are currently in use. One is a
manually operated valve with which the oxygen is turned on and off with a knob
(figure 3-11). The other type is the "quick connect" coupler to which a flow meter can be
connected simply by plugging it into the valve (figure 3-12). Other piping outlets, such
as vacuum, may be located in the same area with the "quick connect" oxygen outlet.
The wall outlet is keyed so that only oxygen equipment can be plugged into an oxygen
valve and only vacuum equipment can be plugged into a vacuum valve. Oxygen outlets
are color-coded green and vacuum outlets are color-coded yellow.
a. Determine Requirement To Set Up Wall Oxygen Unit. The requirement for
the wall oxygen unit to be set up will normally be obtained from the physician's order or
from your supervisor.
b. Perform Handwash. Follow the procedures for performing a patient care