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Keep up with medical air requirements

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 1, 2010

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Section 19.3.2.4 of the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code® (LSC) requires compliance with NFPA 99 (1999 edition), Standard for Health Care Facilities, in regard to medical gas. According to NFPA 99 annex note A-4-3.1.1.9(a), medical air is intended to provide breathable air for such items as intermittent positive pressure breathing machines, long-term respiratory assistance needs, and anesthesia machines. It is not supposed to be used to provide engineering, maintenance, and equipment needs for general hospital support, the note says.

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