LAWRENCE (AP) — A mishap in a dental office has raised questions about the inspections of medical gas systems by private contractors.

After allegations that an improperly installed medical gas system was to blame for a Tonganoxie teenager being seriously injured last month, the Lawrence Journal-World reviewed policies in various cities regarding such equipment.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that it found several other cities do significantly more to ensure that the systems are properly tested before being used on patients.

The newspaper’s review also found Lawrence isn’t alone in having a policy that essentially places all the burden on private builders of ensuring the safety of the system that delivers oxygen and nitrous oxide.

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