Stretching the Limits - COVID-19 vs. Medical Gas Systems

The current COVID-19 pandemic has many hospitals frantically trying to dedicate areas in their existing buildings where COVID-19 patients can safely be treated. This includes using existing medical air and oxygen systems to feed patient ventilators that have higher flow rates than a standard bed side outlet. The increased ventilator requirement is stretching existing systems to their maximum and sometimes beyond.

Pipe sizes for medical gas systems in a modern hospital are determined by multiple facto