The MGPS is installed to provide a safe, convenient and cost – effective system for the provisionof medical gases to the clinical and nursing staff at the point of use. It reduces the problemsassociated with the use of gas cylinders such as safety, porterage, storage and noise.
HTM Guidelines are followed for all new installations. It is not necessary to apply the guidanceretrospectively unless patient or staffsafety is compromised. The existing installations should beassessed for compliance in accordance with HMT. A plan for upgrading the existing systemshould be prepared, with consideration of priority for patient safety. It is essential for Managersto liaise with medical colleges and take note of other guidelines published by the Department ofHealth to assess the system for technical shortcomings.
The volume of Health Technical Memorandum 02-01 (HTM 02-01) will be followed for design,installation, verification and validation. It covers the user requirements for flow, pressure anddiversity and gives technical guidance on the design, installation and accommodation of plantand medical pipeline distribution systems. In addition, the procedures to be carried out before amedical gas pipeline system (MGPS) is considered for practical use. The tests to be carried outat each stage of the installation program are well communicated, together with requirements forpersonnel, instrumentation and associated documentation requirements.