Medical Compressed Air & Gas Testing

The NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities specification provides requirements for medical gas systems in health care facilities. Trace provides medical air and gas analyses in support of these guidelines.

Medical Breathing Air Testing

Trace’s routine compressed air analysis turnaround is fast – within 1-3 business days of receipt a report will be emailed. If the sample fails to meet specifications, you will be notified by one of our AirCheck experts via phone or email. However, if you need your results faster – Same Day Rush Services are available for an additional fee.

Trace Analytics, LLC is a proud member of The Medical Gas Professional Healthcare Organization (MGPHO) and The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Would a paramagnetic or laser oxygen analyzer be able to detect all possible contaminants or impurities in a medical gas? No. Although, paramagnetic and laser oxygen analyzers are very accurate and reliable when calibrated correctly, these types of analyzers can only detect the identification and strength of oxygen. They are unable to detect contaminants or impurities that may be present, such as hydrocarbons or arsenic compounds. For more information see this document from the FDA.

Trace Analytics strongly recommends reading NFPA 99 in its entirety for a full understanding of all standards pertaining to health care facilities. A copy of NFPA 99 can be viewed or purchased at nfpa.org.

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NFPA 99 Breathing Air Standards

Medical Gases - Selected Air Quality Specifications
NFPA 99 SECTIONS(S) DESCRIPTION TEST GAS SAMPLING MEDIA CONCENTRATION LIMITS FOR NFPA 99 PARAMETERS (SEE DEFINITIONS BELOW)
THC
PPMV
HH
PPMV
CO
PPMV
CO2
PPMV
H2O
PPMV
DEW POINT °F O2
VOL %
N2
VOL %
N2O
VOL %
SO2/NOX
PPMV
OIL + PART.
MG/M3
5.1.12.3.12 Medical Air Purity Test Air SB 25 (T) 2 10 500 1544 35 19.5-23.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.12 Medical Air Purity Test
& CGA G-7.1 Grade D
Air SB + F 25 (T) 2 10 500 1544 35 19.5-23.5 N/A N/A N/A 5
5.1.12.3.11 Medical Gas Concentration Test Air SB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 19.5-23.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.11 Medical Gas Concentration Test N2 SB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A ≤ 1 ≥ 99 N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.11 Medical Gas Concentration Test N2O SB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A ≥ 99 N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.11 Medical Gas Concentration Test O2 SB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A ≥ 99 N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.7
5.1.12.3.8
Piping Particulate Test (O) N2 F N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1
5.1.12.3.8 Piping Purity Test Air SB ± 5 (H) ± 5 (H) N/A N/A 500 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.8 Piping Purity Test N2 SB ± 5 (H) ± 5 (H) N/A N/A 500 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.8 Piping Purity Test N2O SB ± 5 (H) ± 5 (H) N/A N/A 500 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.1.12.3.8 Piping Purity Test O2 SB ± 5 (H) ± 5 (H) N/A N/A 500 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A USP Medical Air-2011 (M1) Air SB + F + DT2 N/A N/A 10 500 N/A N/A 19.5-23.5 N/A N/A 5 / 2.5 N/A
Sampling Media: SB = Source Bottle
F = Filter
DT = Water Vapor Detector Tube
DT2 = SO2 and NOx Detector Tubes
THC = Total Gaseous Hydrocarbons, ppmv
CO2 = Carbon Dioxide, ppmv
O2 = Oxygen, volume %
Oil = Oil Mist & Particulate, mg/m3
CO = Carbon Monoxide, ppmv
H2O = Water, ppmv
HH = Halogenated Hydrocarbons
N2 = Nitrogen, volume %
CH4 = Methane, ppmv
SO2 / NOX = Sulfur Dioxide / Nitric Oxide & Nitrogen Dioxide
DP = Dew Point, °F at 50 psig
(T)
Includes Methane
Air & Gas Specifications referenced above may be viewed and/or purchased from:

NFPA - National Fire Protection Association USP - U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

K6099 MedGas Testing Kit

The AirCheck Kit™ K6099 is designed for use with NFPA 99 specifications such as Piping Particulate, Medical Air Purity, Piping Purity (Air, O2, N2O, N2), and Medical Gas Concentration Test (O2, N2O, N2). Other specifications are available at an additional cost. Test from the compressor or point of use. Watch our online sampling video for MedGas Testing.

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Healthcare Facilities

Trace provides medical air and gas analyses in support of NFPA 99 guidelines, directly to health care facilities who maintain their own equipment with an experienced medical gas and vacuum pipeline testing ASSE 6030 qualified employee. Most health care facilities have an ASSE 6030 qualified employee in their maintenance plumbing department.

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Installers & Verifiers

Trace Analytics offers bulk discounts to medical gas testing installers and verifiers. We also offer our AirCheck™ Distributors discounts depending on volume. We are always searching for quality installers and verifiers to refer to our customers that prefer 3rd party verification of their systems. Request a brochure regarding our Medical Gas Testing Distributor Program and pricing.

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Hyperbaric Facilities

The AirCheck Kit™ K902 can be used to obtain routine samples to satisfy NFPA 99’s requirements for Medical Air and CGA Grade D for Class A or Class B chambers. These samples are simple and straight-forward and can easily be taken by hyperbaric facility maintenance personnel to satisfy your hyperbaric test needs. Your report will be accessible online after analysis is complete.

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