Oxygen Cylinders on Wheelchairs

Q: I came across a bunch of wheelchairs folded up in an equipment storage room. Each had an oxygen cylinder attached. Are these cylinders included in the tally for aggregate total stored in a smoke compartment?

A: No, they are not. CMS and most accreditation organization consider oxygen cylinder that are attached to a wheelchair, gurney or bed as being counted as ‘in use’. The cylinder must be properly secured in a designated holder in order to qualify.