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As part of patient care procedures, many occupational sites keep portable emergency oxygen inhalator (PEOI) devices for use by nonmedical emergency responders. While many PEOIs seem simple to operate, standardized training in their use, mechanics, maintenance or storage is rarely provided by distributors or manufacturers. Even when supervision by medical practitioners is available, these topics are often not part of their clinical training. To attend to this, a standardized training course for PEOI users at occupational sites was created and tested. Core content areas in this course are: use of PEOIs for victims of oxygen deficiency due to accident or illness; appropriate transportation; handling; storage; and, refilling of cylinders. Inasmuch as PEOIs are becoming more common at the worksite, a standardized training program to insure safe use is essential.
emergency oxygen inhalators, nonmedical responders, training, safe handling
directoradjunct professor, Medical Education and Research, Oxygen Therapy InstituteTolentine Hall, Villanova University, ArdmoreVillanova, PAPA