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BOC carbon fibre cylinder makes oxygen lighter and safer to use

BOC Gases : 19 September, 2006  (Company News)
The latest addition to a new generation of medical gas cylinders is helping hospitals and emergency services deliver life-saving oxygen more efficiently, easily and safely.
Launched by medical gases specialist BOC Medical, the new durable, lightweight and easy-to-use ZX oxygen cylinder is lighter and safer with more capacity than conventional steel cylinders and is steadily replacing existing cylinder stocks across the country.

Using an advanced steel and carbon fibre design the ZX has a 3000 litre oxygen capacity, twice that of its steel counterpart and weighs just 10kg, making it safe and easy to manoeuvre. For added safety, BOC has included a permanently live contents gauge to allow constant monitoring of gas levels, whether or not the cylinder is in use.

The launch of the ZX cylinder is based on research* and discussion across the medical community including hospital departments, emergency services and medical practitioners. It joins a range of new cylinders developed by BOC Medical to deliver oxygen, Heliox and EntonoxTM.

BOC Medical marketing manager, David Owers said: “BOC Medical has always recognised that the production and use of medical gases requires rigorous testing and quality assurance and consideration for the safety of those who use or handle gas.

Said Owers: “As a consequence we constantly look at how cylinders and valves are used and the demands placed on them by the medical community to ensure our medical gases are safe, dispensed efficiently and increasingly portable.

“Through the application of carbon fibre technology BOC has developed a new range of lightweight cylinders that will help medical practitioners actively manage and reduce risk, whether to patients, visitors or staff.”

The key benefits of the ZX oxygen cylinder include:

• Lightweight. The 10kg cylinder is thirty per cent lighter than its steel counterpart making it easily and safely transportable, especially in emergencies. It also helps to reduce the incidence of staff injury caused by lifting and manoeuvring heavier cylinders

• Increased capacity. Reduces the frequent need for cylinder changeover and large stockholdings of oxygen cylinders

• Easy to use. Light, compact construction makes the ZX easy to use in awkward situations, such as under A&E trolleys or incubators

• Safe to use. An integral valve makes administering medical gas far simpler and carries far less risk. A permanently-live contents gauge ensures gas levels are constantly monitored

• Quick changeover. A well guarded valve with built-in regulator makes changing the cylinder easier and removes an opportunity for human error

• Reduced maintenance. An integral regulator eliminates the need to find, buy and maintain regulators or flow meters.

• Efficient. The integral valve and built-in regulator ensure oxygen flow is consistent, easily controlled and delivery is instant.

Since its launch in September, the ZX oxygen cylinder has been well received by the medical community with over 100 hospitals and emergency services across the country replacing their existing oxygen cylinders.
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