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ATTACHING THE REGULATOR TO A FULL CYLINDER – Delivery technicians will manage all regulator connections for larger (H & M cylinders) stationary systems. To attach the regulator to a full portable cylinder (E, D & A), follow these steps:
STEP 1 – Remove the outlet protective seal (white tape) from the cylinder neck, exposing the oxygen outlet and regulator guide holes.
STEP 2 – Place the cylinder wrench on the valve at the top of the neck and turn counterclockwise slightly. This will blow out any dust in the orifice of the cylinder outlet. Then close the valve tightly by turning clockwise.
Caution: Make sure the valve opening is not directed at yourself or anyone else when opening the cylinder.
STEP 3 – Ensure the washer is on the larger center pin of the regulator and slide the device over the valve and neck of the full cylinder. Align the pins on the regulator with the guide holes on the neck of the cylinder.
STEP 4 – With the pins resting in the guide holes, tighten the tee screw or knob by turning clockwise.
STEP 5 – Attach the oxygen tubing or nasal cannula to the barbed nipple of the regulator.
TURNING ON THE OXYGEN CYLINDER
STEP 1 – For portable systems, place the cylinder wrench on the valve at the top of the neck and turn counterclockwise half a turn. For larger stationary systems, you only need to open the valve knob on the top of the cylinder neck by turning it counterclockwise. The needle on the pressure gauge will register the amount of oxygen in the cylinder. A full cylinder, regardless of size, will show approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch (PSI) on the gauge.
STEP 2 – To adjust the oxygen flow rate, turn the dial or knob on the regulator until the prescribed number is registered in the window. Never change the flow rate without instructions from your physician.
STEP 3 – Fit the nasal cannula to your face so that it is comfortable.
• Insert the two prongs of the cannula into your nostrils, making sure that the prongs curve downward into your nostrils.
• Slide the tubing over and behind each ear.
• Adjust the tubing to fit comfortably under your chin by sliding the adjuster upward. Maintain some slack; do not adjust too tightly.
TURNING OFF THE OXYGEN CYLINDER
STEP 1 – When you are finished using the cylinder, remove the nasal cannula or mask.
STEP 2 – For portable systems, place the cylinder wrench on the valve at the top of the neck and turn clockwise. For larger stationary systems, you only need to close the valve knob on the top of the cylinder neck by turning it clockwise. This will stop the flow of oxygen from the cylinder and the pressure gauge will slowly drop to zero.
STEP 3 – If no longer needed, store the cylinder upright in a rack or stand. If a stand or rack is not available, the cylinder must be stored lying down, in a location where it cannot be damaged or present a tripping hazard.
To replace an empty cylinder, follow the instructions for attaching a regulator, above. Always ensure the washer is on the regulator when changing cylinders as they may stick to the empty cylinder or simply fall off.
Cylinder & Regulator Diagrams
Operating the Cylinder
Cleaning and Maintenance
Care of Oxygen Tubing
Cylinder Duration Guide