Taking Control of Your Medical Grade Oxygen Supply
By AIR & GAS TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Correspondent | September 10, 2021 | NEW JERSEY
Story No. 091021100
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First responders have, for decades, relied on medical grade oxygen to treat those they rescue and, at times, those who rescue. Medical grade oxygen is a practically universal treatment; heart attack/stroke, shock, trauma, asthma, anaphylaxis, CO2/smoke inhalation, and more, receive oxygen as soon as assessed. It is no surprise that many police and fire, and all EMTs carry oxygen with them because of the recognized success of oxygen therapy.
Responders must create processes to ensure their oxygen supply equipment is always full, and ready to be deployed. This creates legwork and cost for responders, extra cylinders need to be purchased so personnel can swap out as needed. Personnel need to transport those cylinders to their gas supplier, tracking their usage and always keeping a vigilant eye on supply. Users must properly mark cylinders so there is no confusion between empty and full cylinders. To the credit of our first responders, they create these processes and follow them carefully, rarely are oxygen systems not ready for use when needed.
There is an easier way for EMTs, fire departments, municipalities or even counties to handle their medical grade oxygen needs, producing and filling in house. Compressing atmospheric air and processing it through a sieve bed, oxygen can be separated from nitrogen. The nitrogen is vented while the oxygen, at 95% purity, is compressed further and stored in high pressure vessels. D cylinders, M cylinders, E cylinders, all common portable oxygen cylinders, can be filled safely inside a containment fill station. Remote fill whips can be added to fill cylinders stored in ambulances or other rescue vehicles, no need to remove them for filling.
In house oxygen generation simplifies your oxygen cylinder management and reduces the number of cylinders needed as backup. Not sure what the status of that cylinder is? Just pop it in and fill it up, now you know it’s ready. Police who used some oxygen from their cylinder during their shift can simply bring it in, fill it up and put it back where it belongs, filling small cylinders is fast, safe and easy, anyone can do it with minimal training.
Air & Gas Technologies can provide a prepackaged Oxygen skid on casters, as pictured, or configure custom oxygen generation systems to fit any user’s needs. Call or Email us for more information.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.