Gas Systems Specialist Can Help Solve Oxygen Shortage Issues

April 12,2023

Gas Systems Specialist Can Help Solve Oxygen Shortage Issues

Global gas process systems specialist Oxair has supported hundreds of medical facilities across the world by installing Oxygen Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology as a highly effective alternative to supplies of oxygen in cylinders. However, it’s not just low-income countries that have issues caused by the shortage of portable medical oxygen.

Even in the United Kingdom the National Health Service (NHS) is under severe pressure due to the ‘twindemic’ of rising flu and covid hospitalisations. This is placing a strain on the supply of pharmacopoeia standard medical oxygen, vital for patients with respiratory conditions.

Oxair’s Solution to Oxygen Shortage Issues

Oxair’s PSA technology is widely used in regions such as Africa and south east Asia. Designed to end the reliance on cylinders, PSA systems are high quality, robust medical devices that are built to last and generate consistent, high purity oxygen on tap to hospitals and healthcare facilities even in the remotest locations.

oxgen generator used to solve oxygen shortage

Medical facilities are often forced to rely on outsourcing this life-saving gas. A failing supply is a potential catastrophe for hospitals, not to mention the problems associated with storing, handling and removing traditional oxygen cylinders. In many areas the situation is exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and seasonal flu, with hospital trusts struggling to source the cylinders they need where piped oxygen is not available.

Oxair engineer David Cheeseman explains: “Hospitals in low-income countries and in some of the most remote locations in the world are already saving lives with off-the-shelf PSA systems. PSA Oxygen offers better patient care with a permanent flow of high-quality oxygen, a flow rate to suit the needs of the hospital and capable of piping oxygen around to every department as needed.”

PSA Oxygen Generators for Hospitals

In cases where the hospital does not have a central piping system, Oxair will supply an on-site cylinder filling system to overcome oxygen shortage issues. It’s a highly cost-effective and hygienic alternative to the inconvenience and uncertainty of cylinder delivery.

David adds: “We supply life-saving equipment which is not reliant on the transportation, manhandling and storage space required by cylinders. We can identify and take action for overcoming limitations in piping oxygen supplies to hospitals.”

PSA oxygen generator fitted in a hospital

How They Work

Oxair’s system delivers constant oxygen of 94-95 per cent purity through PSA filtration, a unique process that separates oxygen from compressed air. The gas is then conditioned and filtered before being stored in a buffer tank to be used directly by the end user on demand. It also meets the requirements of pharmacopoeia standards for medical applications.

Not having enough oxygen in cylinders to treat patients can have very severe consequences. Medical facilities far and wide can rely on robust Oxair technology that is tried and tested over many years, coupled with almost instant access to vital oxygen supplies.

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