Statement on NSW Health investigation report
BOC is extremely saddened by the tragic death of a newborn and the injury of another at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.
BOC today received the report published by NSW Health and the company is also assisting the NSW Police and the Coroner in their continuing investigations.
Regardless of the outcome of any investigations, BOC has already increased the level of testing in every new medical gas pipeline installation above and beyond the requirements of the Australian Standard. For each new medical gas pipeline installation BOC now requires that a BOC representative, who is not part of the installation team, must do the final tests and checks of the system before it is handed over to the hospital for use. As is the case now, these final tests and checks must be undertaken with one or more appropriate hospital representatives.
BOC has initiated discussions with Standards Australia with a view to seeking a review of the relevant Standard. BOC also intends to engage with industry participants and the healthcare sector more broadly in relation to improvements that could be made to industry practice and procedure.
No projects or work has been allocated to the contractor involved in the commissioning of the oxygen outlet at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital since the investigations began.