Slide Source: National Health Service Home oxygen fire deaths per 100,000 patients: 0.34* Firebreaks have been mandatory since the introduction of the Home Oxygen Service in 2006. *Only one home oxygen fire death recorded in 5 years. UK
The fitting of oxygen firebreaks is a requirement for home oxygen installations across Europe under the Medical Device Directive (MDD) and Medical Device Regulation (MDR). Home oxygen fire deaths underreported. Complete data not available. EUROPE (EU)
GERMANY
Firebreaks have been mandatory Home oxygen fire deaths underreported. Complete data not available. since 2012. WORLD
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 'firebreak connectors to stop the oxygen flow in the event of fire' in all oxygen concentrators. Around 100 home oxygen fire deaths each year, which represent 6.6* Thermal fuses mandatory among all Veterans Health Administration (VA) patients. *Fatality figures are best estimates based on (firebreaks) are media reports.
per 100,000 oxygen patients
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JAPAN
Home oxygen fire deaths per 100,000 patients: 3.3* Japan is introducing firebreaks mandatory by 2021. *Source: Japanese Medical Gas Association legislation to make Firebreaks are mandatory Firebreaks are part-mandatory Firebreaks in use