Safe Management of Medical Gases
In the absence of a New Zealand specific legislated standard for Piped Medical Gases, the UK Department of Health Guidance [HTM02/01] has become a recognised guidance document for NZ Hospitals.
The guidance document HTM02/01 is made up of two volumes:
Part A Design, Installation, Verification and Validation
Part B Operational Management
Since 2013, Peter Williams, an experience trainer and Authorising Engineer MGPS (Medical Gas Pipeline Systems) from the UK, has conducted annual training courses throughout NZ. Participants have mainly been hospital Facilities Management Staff, and contractors who are engaged in Maintenance or Installation of Medical Gas Pipeline Systems. The attendees of these courses represent only some of the stake holders in Medical Gases in Hospitals. However robust operational management policy development involves all stake holders' participation to minimise risk.
These stakeholders may include representatives from: Nursing, Medical, Health and Safety, Clinical Engineering, Staff development, Anaesthesia, Intensive care, Theatre, Operational Managers, Facilities.
This workshop is aimed at assisting stakeholders in considering and developing operational procedures tailored to their specific facility, but based on the key principals of the HTM 02/01 guidance document.
The workshop will:
Outline the features of HTM02/01 guidance including the general principles of safe management of Medical Gases
Consider incidents that have occurred and how to mitigate against such incidents happening in your facility.
Provide operational management principles following HTM02/01 guidance
Each participant will come away with a draft operational policy that could be adjusted to fit your facility.
Location and timing:
Ko Awatea Middlemore Hospital. October 2018
Lunch and refreshments and workbook are supplied.