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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

Cut Your Oxygen Costs

Cut Your Oxygen Costs

Posted By Brittany Fichter
May 20, 2020 Category: General

Applied recognizes that the last several years have caused DME companies to make many changes in the way they do business. Market conditions have caused DME companies to look for more efficiency in their operations and try to reduce costs. Applied wants to help you. Refilling your own oxygen cylinders is a sure-fire way to cut your costs. By purchasing oxygen in bulk to transfill using either a gas to gas or liquid to gas oxygen refilling system per cylinder oxygen costs can be reduced by as much as 90%, sometimes more. Simply contact Applied and speak with one of our many professionals who offer years of experience in helping DME companies save money and reduce costs by designing an oxygen refilling program that fits your company needs and budget and show you how much you can really save by filling your own oxygen cylinders. Provide Applied with the number of cylinders that you have refilled each week and what you pay to have them filled and we will design a system for you.  We are so confident that we can cut your oxygen costs—we guarantee that we can help reduce your per cylinder oxygen cost by at least 25%.  Lease to own with Applied's leasing partners. Just ask us for

Are You Meeting Pre-Fill Requirements?

Are You Meeting Pre Fill Requirements

Posted By Laura Frederick
April 07, 2020 Category: General

When filling medical oxygen cylinders it is critically important now more than ever to perform pre-fill odor testing as part of the required nine (9) pre-fill checks.  We wanted clarify and stress the importance of the absolute safety and regulatory requirement of pre-fill odor testing every medical oxygen and air cylinder prior to filling.    The latest USP 99 monograph dropped the requirement for post filling odor testing, however we strongly recommend continuing to perform the post odor testing as well.  Please review the pre-fill steps below and ensure you are following this cGMP requirement. Pre-Fill Inspection  Verify hydrostatic test date is current Aluminum cylinders must be within 5 years Steel cylinders must be within 10 years if star is present Verify correct cylinder color In United States oxygen color is green In Canada and many other countries oxygen color is white Perform hammer test on steel cylinder only.  Aluminum cylinders are exempt. Strike outside of cylinder with a hammer and listen for ringing or bell sound Perform visual inspection of the cylinder body Ensure no external damage or any type of residue on the cylinder Perform visual inspection of the cylinder valve Ensure no external damage or any type of residue on the valve Perform a label examination Ensure a product label exists and that it is not damaged If damaged or unreadab

An Important Message Regarding COVID-19

An Important Message Regarding COVID 19

Posted By Victoria Marquard-Schultz
March 13, 2020 Category: OxyGo, Industry News, Oxygen

To our OxyGo Community: Breath, health and perseverance is the heart of what we do at OxyGo. Our mission is to keep providers and their patients going in the face of a life altering oxygen diagnosis. Now, as COVID-19 has entered North America, we at OxyGo are prepared to help our providers serve and protect the most vulnerable to this respiratory disease. The situation is evolving rapidly, and we update our processes to meet the best standards as they develop. Here are some things we at OxyGo are doing currently to ensure your business and patients remain healthy: All OxyGo locations will remain open to manufacture, ship and service product at this time. We have increased production and can ship OxyGo product same day. All OxyGo units are cleaned and disinfected prior to shipment, including warranty, non-warranty repairs and loaners. Our OxyGo associates have always followed our internal good hygiene process, and we are following CDC and WHO guidelines for health and wellness for COVID-19. On a personal note, many of you know that I have been working in respiratory since my father started this company nearly 30 years ago when I was a kid. I know many of you personally, have seen you and your families and companies grow and know of your passion for not only your business- but also your passion to give your patients the care they deserve. In a health care crisis, you are the front line. We are committed to getting you what you need, now more than ever. Let's keep going

Portable Oxygen Concentrators: What are they and how do they work?

Portable Oxygen Concentrators: What are they and how do they work

Posted By Laura Frederick
February 24, 2020 Category: OxyGo, Oxygen, Oxygen Safety, Training Education

Portable oxygen concentrators, or POCs, are lightweight medical devices that dispense oxygen while being highly portable.  They allow those prescribed medical oxygen to carry their own oxygen supply with them wherever they go, eliminating dependence on bulky and heavy oxygen tanks. The lightest POC on the market, the OxyGo FIT, weighs just 2.8 pounds. In the past decade POCs have made an enormous contribution to the effectiveness of oxygen delivery therapy.  They are easier for patients to use and less expensive for providers to service. Before their development, patients needing oxygen at home depended on heavy oxygen tanks to dispense their oxygen.  They were tethered to these tanks and could not leave home easily. Their only option to get out of the house was to attach themselves to smaller oxygen tanks on wheels and drag those tanks around with them.  Such tanks can still be used today but they are obtrusive, call attention to the person using them and have restrictions as to where they can be taken. POCs have become an oxygen patient’s gateway to freedom.  They do this by making their own oxygen from the air around them. POCs often enable oxygen patients to enjoy activities and exercises that were difficult or not possible while using oxygen tanks.  This gives these patients a welcome sense of freedom that enhances their quality of life.  Studies show that POCs help patients live longer lives by promoting mobility and exercise

Oxygen EXPO2 is Big Hit in Orlando

Oxygen EXPO2 is Big Hit in Orlando

Posted By Brittany Fichter
January 31, 2020 Category: Oxygen, OxyGo, Events, Technology, Industry News, Training Education

DMEs from Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and across the country attended Oxygen EXPO2 in Orlando, FL on Jan 21st of this year.  The expo, subtitled The NEXT Tech in Ambulatory Oxygen, gave DME providers an opportunity to learn about the latest homecare oxygen trends and market opportunities.   “We are all about technology and innovation, so being able to host an event like this where we can share our knowledge and help contribute to the industry is a great opportunity,” said OxyGo CEO Victoria Marquard-Schultz.   The one-day conference covered topics such as the future of portable oxygen, oxygen safety, finding assets and revenues in a connected DME market, and leveraging social media to increase patient retail and referrals.  The keynote address was on advances in pulmonary medicine and was given by Franck Rahaghi, MD, MH, FCCP, Director of Respiratory Care at Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital and Clinic.   Dr. Rahaghi spoke about advances in pulmonary care and the importance of getting patients to move and exercise as part of their treatment referencing the American Lung Association’s famous slogan, “If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” “POCs and their tankless delivery of oxygen are giving patients their freedom back,” he said, “while improving their quality of life and overall sense of happiness.”  He said that ambulation could increase the life expectancy of patients on ox

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