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While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States requires that users of medical oxygen be properly trained, the agency has not defined training content. ASTM STP 1267 suggested seven essential training content criteria, and evaluated the degree to which four national oxygen administration programs in the U.S. met them. ASTM 1319 examined the degree to which the criteria were met by a new national workplace oxygen administration curriculum. The present paper extends the evaluation to additional U.S. oxygen training programs, as well as to those in Canada and France. It also identifies the FDA's new “general guidelines” for oxygen safe handling and use. Recommendations for standardizing and assuring quality oxygen training programs are provided.
emergency oxygen training, CPR, first aid, oxygen safe handling
Director of Medical Education, Research and DevelopmentAdjunct Professor, CompilentVillanova University, SolonVillanova, OHPA
Medical Director and CEOAssistant Professor, Medic' Air InternationalService D'Aide Medicale Urgente (SAMU) de Paris, Bagnolet (Paris)Paris,