Difficulty Disconnecting Hosing from
Schrader Valve on Oxygen Cylinders
Friday 21 August 2020
NHSI have been made aware of a small number of incidents of difficulties
disconnecting ventilators from oxygen cylinders.
cylinder manufacturers and the MHRA are investigating the underlying cause of
be vigilant and report any issues via the
Yellow Card scheme, being mindful to include ventilator make and model, cylinder make, size and
release mechanism, as well as hose supplier in your report.
This is an especially
important safety issue during inter and intra hospital transfers if the
cylinder becomes empty. You should also ensure that you have access to
appropriate backup devices.