It is not uncommon to retain a resident who requires supplemental oxygen administration. RCFE regulation 87618 outlines requirements for how the oxygen is to be administered (by the resident him/herself or a licensed medical professional), but it is important not to overlook the requirements outlined in the regulation, including those related to the actual oxygen equipment. These requirements include:
- A report shall be made in writing to the local fire jurisdiction that oxygen is in use at the facility.
- “No Smoking-Oxygen in Use” signs shall be posted in the appropriate areas.
- Smoking shall be prohibited where oxygen is in use.
- All electrical equipment shall be checked for defects which may cause sparks.
- Oxygen tanks that are not portable shall be secured in a stand or to the wall.
- Plastic tubing from the nasal canula or mask to the oxygen source shall be long enough to allow the resident movement within his/her room but does not constitute a hazard to the resident or others.
- Oxygen from a portable source shall be used by residents when they are outside of their rooms.
- Equipment shall be operable.
- Equipment shall be removed from the facility when no longer in use by the resident.