What to do if you can’t release your
ventilator oxygen hose
- Ensure your patient is safe. If the hose is stuck, get a team member to bag the patient while you attend to the ventilator.
- Hold the oxygen hose in your non-dominant hand. Attempt to rotate the white handwheel clockwise to release the hose.
- If this fails, try depressurising the cylinder. (Air Liquide CD cylinders are pressurised to 300 bar, compared with 230 bar for BOC cylinders – 30% higher). Switch off the oxygen regulator on the cylinder first. Open the oxygen outlet on the top of the cylinder to let the residual oxygen out. Repeat step 2.
- If the hose still hasn’t released, take the oxygen hose in your non-dominant hand. Push it in towards the cylinder and gently rotate anti-clockwise. At the same time rotate the handwheel clockwise.
- Hopefully the hose will now release. Please fill in a Datix form so that we can monitor the issue.