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Cylinder Handling After a Natural Disaster

Cylinder Handling After a Natural Disaster

Posted By Laura Frederick
August 31, 2021 Category: Cylinder Safety, Cga, Natural Disaster, Safety

The Category 4 storm that made landfall into Louisiana Sunday afternoon is a reminder of the damage and destruction that natural disasters like hurricanes can cause our communities.  Ida’s force led to catastrophic damage from its wind, rain and powerful storm surge.   Life threatening storms like Ida can result in exposing a cylinder to a variety of hazardous conditions. These conditions can include floodwater submersion, impact from debris, exposure to foreign contaminants like mud, sewage, and oil or grease; damage from falling, etc.   The Compressed Gas Association released a safety alert that recommends the best practices for handling cylinders that have been exposed to a natural disaster like a hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake, flooding, etc.   According to CGA (Compressed Gas Association), if cylinders have been exposed to adverse conditions, you should contact emergency responders or the cylinder supplier for further instruction. Cylinders with obvious significant damage or that are leaking should only be addressed by emergency responders with HAZMAT training or the cylinder supplier.  Contact information for the cylinder supplier is listed on the label as shown in Figure 1a. If a label is not present, the cylinder neckring shown in Figure 2 can be used to identify the cylinder

Applied Announces Launch of OxySafe2™

Applied Announces Launch of OxySafe2™

Posted By Laura Frederick
August 18, 2021 Category: OxySafe, OxySafe2, Thermal Shut Off, Oxygen Safety, Medical Oxygen

Westlake, OH – August 18, 2021 – Applied Home Healthcare Equipment, a long-trusted resource for oxygen filling, technical and regulatory support for DME and HME providers, has announced the release of their newest model of their popular thermal shut-off device OxySafe2™.   The new version provides two directional protection against oxygen fires caused by patients smoking, using candles, stove-top ranges or other open flames while receiving oxygen therapy. Such fires are particularly prevalent in situations where oxygen therapy is provided in the home environment where there is limited patient supervision, though it may occur in environments like healthcare facilities and nursing homes.  Jim Christ General Manager of Applied Home Healthcare Equipment said “OxySafe has always been an important and reliable device for our providers who want to protect their patients from the dangers of home oxygen fires. We are excited to introduce this product line improvement to the OxySafe in order to help in the mitigation of oxygen fires.”    OxySafe2 is a thermal fuse designed to stop the flow of gas in the event that the downstream cannula or supply tube is ignited, and will meet VA, ISO and other regulatory requirements. With OxySafe2, the PVC tube is incline

See you at Big Sky!

See you at Big Sky!

Posted By Laura Frederick
August 03, 2021 Category: General

Applied and OxyGo are now members of Big Sky

Leak Testing: 101

Leak Testing: 101

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
July 02, 2021 Category: Leak Testing, FDA Approved, Cylinders, Oxygen Cylinders, Cleaning Solutions

FDA does NOT recommend using soap and water solutions to leak test oxygen cylinders. These solutions leave residues on the valve that, when they come in contact with high pressure oxygen, can ignite and cause a fire. Read this article on how to properly leak test your

SOPs: Write it Down!

SOPs: Write it Down!

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
June 25, 2021 Category: Policy, Procedures, Manuals, SOPS, CGMP

The Proof is in the Pudding for Policy & Procedure Manuals All providers must have a written policy and procedure manual. No matter what type of inspector or accreditor, they all require that you write your processes down. Not only is it good business, but it's also required. Luckily, most of the requirements from the different agencies overlap between agencies. What are SOPS or a Policy & Procedures Manual? Written Procedures, SOPs, or policy and procedures manual is a manual describing the procedures your company follows for the cleaning of equipment, quality control, calibration procedure, security requirements and other procedures followed by your company when following the cGMP. How do they work? The key with the required written procedures is to be sure to follow what you have written. If there is ever any deviation from the written procedures, they must be documented. The person who creates the procedures must sign and date them. The QCU must review and approve these written procedures and any deviations from them by signing and dating the procedures. What should it cover? Some highlights are: job descriptions, company organizational chart, equipment cleaning schedules, training programs and security programs. For oxygen fillers (liquid to liquid, liquid to gas or gas to gas) there are also requirements for handling the drug product and following cGMP. I've written them, now what? It does little good to enact new procedures and controls if th

Choosing quality regulators

Choosing quality regulators

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
May 10, 2021 Category: Medical Oxygen, Regulators, Poc, Healthcare Industry, Regulator Testing

Applied is one of the leading medical oxygen regulator suppliers in the home healthcare

OxyGo Acquires LIFE Corporation

OxyGo Acquires LIFE Corporation

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
May 10, 2021 Category: LIFE Corporation, OxyGo, Acquisition, Emergency Oxygen, Press Release

OxyGo LLC, a leader in lightweight portable oxygen concentrators, has acquired LIFE® Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices that specializes in portable Emergency Oxygen and CPR administration

Are you meeting required training?

Are you meeting required training

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
May 07, 2021 Category: Required Training, FDA, DOT, HME, DME, Training, Medical Oxygen

Are you and your employees meeting required training

16 Tips for Oxygen Safety at Home

16 Tips for Oxygen Safety at Home

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
April 20, 2021 Category: Oxygen Safety, Oxygen Equipment, At Home, Safety Training, Oxysafe

Oxygen is very safe to have in the home, as long as these guidelines are followed. Are the following 16 tips included in your oxygen safety training for your

Are you using the right disinfectant?

Are you using the right disinfectant

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
April 08, 2021 Category: Disinfectant, Covid 19, Medical Oxygen, Infection Control, Compressed Gas

Most popular disinfectants and other infection control products may contain ammonia and other harmful chemicals banned by the CGA for

What is OxySafe?

What is OxySafe

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
April 07, 2021 Category: Oxysafe, Thermal Shut Off Device, Oxygen Safety, Medical Oxygen, DME, HME

OxySafe™ is a thermal fuse designed to stop the flow of gas in the event that the downstream cannula or supply tube is ignited, and will meet VA, ISO and other regulatory

Maintaining Your Oxygen Equipment

Maintaining Your Oxygen Equipment

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
March 30, 2021 Category: Oxygen Equipment, Servomex, Calibration, Regulators, Pigtails, Gauges, Medical Oxygen

FDA guidance requires that filling equipment be calibrated at specific intervals, depending on the type of equipment. Don't forget you need to document all calibration!

Cylinder Safety Rules You Need to Know

Cylinder Safety Rules You Need to Know

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
March 22, 2021 Category: Cylinders, Gas, Compressed, Rules, Safety, Oxygen, Transporting, Storing, Regulations

Here are four regulatory rules you should follow when transporting, moving, and storing or working with compressed gas

Oxygen EXPO2 2021

Oxygen EXPO2 2021

Posted By Brittany Fichter
January 13, 2021 Category: Oxygen, Expo, Education, Ceu, Respiratorytherapist

Learn from the best in the industry on all things oxygen. Innovations, introductions, ideations and discoveries will abound at the Oxygen EXPO2. The 2021 show will feature sessions led by industry experts. Each session will aim to deliver solutions to some of the industry’s most pressing challenges and exciting

Cylinder Requalification Policy Update

Cylinder Requalification Policy Update

Posted By Carmella Arroyo
December 17, 2020 Category: USDOT, COVID19, MEDICAL GAS, MEDICAL OXYGEN, CYLINDERS

Did you know the US Department of Transportation recently announced an update to the cylinder requalification policy update due to the emergency response of COVID-19 and will be valid for the entirety of the emergency

OxyGo CEO Announced as a winner in 2020 Smart 50 Awards

 OxyGo CEO Announced as a winner in 2020 Smart 50 Awards

Posted By Brittany Fichter
November 24, 2020 Category: OxyGo, Smart 50, Award, CEO, Marquard, Marquard Schultz

          Victoria Marquard Schultz/OxyGo Announced as winner in 2020 Smart 50 Awards. The Smart 50 Awards, presented by Smart Business, honor the top 50 executives in the Greater Cleveland region   Westlake, OH. – October 30th, 2020 – OxyGo LLC, a leader in lightweight portable oxygen concentrators, announced in a virtual ceremony that Victoria Marquard-Schultz, OxyGo’s CEO, was named a Smart 50 winner by Smart Business Magazine for the second year in a row. The Smart 50 Awards presented by Smart Business honor the top executives of the region’s smartest 50 companies for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations.   “The only thing better than winning a Smart 50 is winning twice. I am truly honored to be among this prestigious group. With COVID-19 our team and providers have had to find new ways to safely and effectively adapt to an ever-changing world. Receiving this award wouldn’t have been possible without the great relationship that we have with the providers we work with. Our team and providers are one of a kind and this is truly a reflection of how amazing they are,” said Victoria Marquard-Schultz, CEO, OxyGo, LLC.   The OxyGo Family of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) are designed to keep oxygen patients going. An OxyGo POC is a lightweight medical device that can make the medical oxygen doctors prescribe from the air around you. With an Ox

Using Carriers, Bags or Carts When Handling Cylinders

Using Carriers, Bags or Carts When Handling Cylinders

Posted By Laura Frederick
October 28, 2020 Category: General

Drivers, respiratory therapists, warehouse personnel, and others who handle compressed gas cylinders should do so using the proper equipment to ensure safe movement of the

Start Getting MORE from Your Oxygen Business

Start Getting MORE from Your Oxygen Business

Posted By Laura Frederick
September 09, 2020 Category: General

Start getting more from you oxygen business with Applied's liquid to gas and gas to gas

COVID-19 Resources: Keep It Clean

COVID 19 Resources: Keep It Clean

Posted By Laura Frederick
August 10, 2020 Category: COVID 19, Cleaning, Disinfecting, Oxygen Service, Chemicals

With the number of maintenance chemicals and standards out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what's the right chemical to use on your equipment.  There are two types of cleaning that are pertinent for oxygen equipment, cleaning and disinfecting with oxygen compatible cleaners and cleaning equipment for oxygen service.  1. Cleaning with oxygen-compatible cleaners  Oxygen can react with any residue, particles, dirt, oil, grease or other contaminants that are left on the surface of equipment which is in direct contact with oxygen, such as the cylinder valve or surface. The body of a cylinder or a regulator for example, should be cleaned with chemicals that will leave no residue behind that may cause an interaction with oxygen that may result in combustion.  2. Cleaning equipment for oxygen service  Surfaces that come into direct contact with oxygen, such as the valve opening on a cylinder, the inside of a cylinder or an oxygen connection must not only be cleaned with an oxygen compatible cleaner, but also with special equipment and processes to ensure that the surface has no particles left behind. If there are even small particles on the wetted surfaces such as the valve, the speed of the oxygen flowing through the valve, could ignite the particles. The

Information Technology and the Pandemic

Information Technology and the Pandemic

Posted By Dave Marquard, MBA, OPM (HBS)
July 28, 2020 Category: COVID 19, COVID, Coronavirus, Pandemic, IT, Information Technology

By Dave Marquard, WEMCO Tech Chair “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask… five minutes.”                        ----- ALBERT EINSTEIN, DECEMBER 19,1917     Much has changed over the past century since Einstein made this observation. But one fact has not changed: how well you define a problem determines how well you solve it. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of writing this column for several years now and none of them have been more important to me than this one. This is because none of us have ever faced a personal and business crisis in our lifetimes like COVID-19. I was a cop in Ohio before I started my businesses and I thought I had seen everything too horrible to mention. But this disease is different.  It has touched the lives and businesses of everyone on this planet in a way that challenges and frightens on a scale I never imagined possible.  So how do we best manage our welding businesses in the COVID-19 era? It’s tricky because the virus is new and we have to make decisions in such a potentially lethal environment. Using today’s Information technology (IT) to make wise decisions is an obvious “Go To” strategy to employ. IT has enabled the w

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