Health care professionals — including anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, surgical and obstetric nurses, operating room (OR) technicians, surgeons, anesthesia technicians, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians — can be exposed to waste anesthetic gases and are at risk of occupational illness. Providing a safe environment for these professionals to work in includes the use of waste gas scavenging systems, room ventilation systems, and attention to equipment maintenance and leak detection.
EMS Healthcare provides the following services as part of quarterly, semi-annual or annual audits to ensure facilities comply with OSHA or NFPA requirements:
- Waste Anesthesia Gas Survey
EMS Healthcare conducts waste anesthesia gas testing by performing real-time gas sampling in hospital ORs, out-patient surgery clinics, dental offices and veterinary hospitals. We test for nitrous oxide and halogenated agents (including halothane, enflurane, isoflurane, desflurane, and sevoflurane) to identify concentrations in parts per million (ppm) and compare to regulatory limits.
- Ventilation Survey
EMS Healthcare conducts room ventilation testing by performing real-time flow rate measurements to calculate the number of air exchanges per hour and compare to regulatory limits.
- Toxic Vapor Monitoring
For workplace exposure, EMS Healthcare provides monitoring badges meeting OSHA and NIOSH accuracy requirements for exposure times from 15 minutes to more than 8 hours. The analysis is done in an AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited laboratory. Reports are available by phone, fax, or e-mail.