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Transfilling System FAQs

Transfilling System FAQs

Posted By Regan Haas
January 04, 2024 Category: Transfilling, Oxygen, Refilling, Gas To Gas, Liquid To Gas

What can an oxygen refilling system offer me?  Refilling your own oxygen cylinders is a cost-effective alternative to supplier refills. Two main types of oxygen refilling systems are available: gas-to-gas (HP) and liquid-to-gas. Both methods save you money compared to purchasing cylinder refills from a supplier.  How do I determine the right refilling system for my needs?  It depends on the volume of cylinders you use weekly (monthly and yearly). Smaller volume users (under 100 cylinders per week) typically opt for gas-to-gas systems, while liquid-to-gas systems suit larger volume users. Liquid-to-gas:  Higher initial investment Faster fill speed/volume per hour Fully expandable Gas-to-gas: Lower initial investment Slower fill speed/volume per hour Fully expandable How many cylinders per hour can each system fill?  The OF-7000 liquid-to-gas system can fill at least 66 "E" cylinders per hour, while a typical gas-to-gas system can fill at least 25 "E" cylinders per hour.  How do I comply with all the regulations? If you choose Applied Home Healthcare Equipment for equipment and training, we can guide you through the process, providing necessary paperwork. After proper training, staying compliant is straightforward.  Do I need to find a new building to accommodate a transfilling system?  Each situation varies, but you can often rearrange existing warehouse space. A liquid-to-gas system typically needs

Safe Handling of Compressed Gas Cylinders

Safe Handling of Compressed Gas Cylinders

Posted By Regan Haas
November 27, 2023 Category: Oxygen, Cylinders, Safety, Best Practices

Compressed gas cylinders, which function as pressure vessels, can become dangerous projectiles if their contents are suddenly released due to accidents or mishaps. To prevent cylinder damage and accidents, it is crucial to employ carriers, bags, or carts when handling and transporting

Medical Oxygen and No Smoking Signs

Medical Oxygen and No Smoking Signs

Posted By Regan Haas
October 11, 2023 Category: Oxygen, Safety, Signage

Smoking in proximity to medical oxygen is prohibited due to the significant risk of combustion. That is why it is important to display prominent No Smoking

Securing & Delivering Oxygen Cylinders: Best Practices

Securing  Delivering Oxygen Cylinders: Best Practices

Posted By Laura Frederick
June 27, 2023 Category: Cylinders, Oxygen, Delivery, Safety, Best Practices

This article aims to highlight the best practices for securing oxygen cylinders in delivery vehicles, emphasizing the importance of adherence to safety guidelines and

Equipment Calibration: Are you up-to-date?

Equipment Calibration: Are you up to date

Posted By Laura Frederick
May 02, 2023 Category: Equipment Calibration, Oxygen, Transfill

In order to ensure that the oxygen being supplied is of high quality and meets the necessary standards, it is important for companies in the medical oxygen industry to regularly calibrate their

OxyGo Announces Launch of New OxyHome Stationary Concentrator

OxyGo Announces Launch of New OxyHome Stationary Concentrator

Posted By Laura Frederick
April 13, 2023 Category: Oxyhome, HME, DME, Oxygen, Concentrator

OxyGo is proud to announce the launch of their latest product, the OxyHome 5L Stationary

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

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

Did you know? Home oxygen fires claim a life every four days in the US

Did you know  Home oxygen fires claim a life every four days in the US

Posted By Laura Frederick
September 17, 2019 Category: Oxygen, Oxygen Safety

The true death toll of home oxygen fires across the United States is likely to be higher than previous estimates by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a new study - The prevalence and impact of home oxygen fires in the USA – has revealed.  The study examines media reports of home oxygen fire incidents in the US between December 2017 and August 2019. It identifies news reports on 311 separate home oxygen fires over a 20-month period. These incidents resulted in a total of 164 deaths, 71 serious injuries, and 119 minor injuries, which amounts to more than one death every four days.  Exploding cylinders are referenced in a third of all reported home oxygen fires, posing a significant risk to third parties, including the emergency services. In fact, 11 of the reported deaths were third parties including family members and other residents. A firefighter also fell victim to a home oxygen fire when a propane tank exploded. This new data points towards a material public health problem in the US. Home oxygen fires represent a much higher risk in the United States than the UK, where stakeholders work together to reduce risk and where the fitting of oxygen firebreaks (also known as thermal fuses) is mandatory. In fact, an American oxygen user is 10 times more likely to die in a home oxygen fire than in Japan, and 20 times more likely than in England, Although the statistics are already worryingly high, it is likely that they

Hurricane Season: Are your Patients Prepared?

Hurricane Season: Are your Patients Prepared

Posted By Laura Frederick
August 29, 2019 Category: Oxygen, Oxygen Safety, Industry News

  Hurricane Season is here - are you and your patients prepared?     • Hurricane season in the Southeastern United States runs from June 1 through November 30, but peaks from mid-late August through September • Hurricanes can cause massive damage to roadways, which makes it very hard to access patients • Power outages can cause patients to not be able to charge important medical devices such as their POC's With power outages being a common occurrence during hurricanes many patients have no way to charge medical devices.  Ensuring the patients have a way to change their POC's battery and having extra battery life can help tremendously during such stressful times. We have assembled the following kits for those in hurricane paths to be able to provide to a patient. Please see the kits below for all of the members of the OxyGo family to help your patients keep going!  We have also included a checklist to make sure patients are as prepared as they can be. Click here to download our one page checklist for patient preparedness.   OxyGo FIT Hurricane Bundle PN: H-OFR-2000-KIT Includes: • OxyGo FIT 4.5 hour battery* • OxyGo FIT External Battery Charger • OxyGo FIT DC Power Supply • OxyGo FIT AC Power Supply   OxyGo Hurricane Bundle  PN: H-OFR-1000-KIT Includes: • OxyGo 10 hour battery* • OxyGo External Battery Charger • DC Power Sup

Are you misbranding medical oxygen?

Are you misbranding medical oxygen

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
September 08, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Equipment, Regulatory Compliance

It is the responsibility of the company that fills, stores, delivers, handles and uses oxygen to ensure that the label complies with applicable governmental

Avoid DOT Fines and Delivery Vehicle Impounds

Avoid DOT Fines and Delivery Vehicle Impounds

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
July 16, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Regulatory Compliance

Failure to follow DOT requirements can result in fines of $2,100 or

You Become Who You Hire

You Become Who You Hire

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
July 08, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Business

The CIO reduced the risks and hassle of e-mail outages by moving the organization’s Microsoft Exchange server to a well-known national e-mail management firm. This firm provides professional 24/7 service, reliability, and much higher level of

How can you stop patient cannula fires?

How can you stop patient cannula fires

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
June 03, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Oxygen Safety, Equipment

In addition to proper education Applied recommends providing patients with a thermal shut off device, such as Applied's OxySafeâ„¢, as part of regular patient set-ups in order to protect against further damage from a tubing

FDA Registration Made Easy!

FDA Registration Made Easy!

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
May 20, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Regulatory Compliance

The FDA is still inspecting transfillers, and anecdotally we have seen an increase in inspections in our industry. It is very important that you make sure you are registered at the appropriate

Six Ways to Serve Oxygen Patients Better and Increase Profits

Six Ways to Serve Oxygen Patients Better and Increase Profits

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
May 20, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Business, Equipment

Most of us entered the home respiratory industry because we wanted to serve patients. However, if you want to serve patients and especially oxygen patients, you have to make a reasonable profit for your employer or yourself. Frankly, you are not going to be employed very long and/or be in business unless you can. Here are six (6) actions you can do to serve your patients better and make a reasonable profit at the same time: 1. Non-Delivery Business Models: Reduce or eliminate routine oxygen deliveries by providing patients with lightweight “wearable” portable oxygen concentrators (POC). The combination of a POC and a stationary oxygen concentrator (SOC) can eliminate one or more routine oxygen deliveries per month at an average cost of $50.00 each. Imagine what an extra $50 or $100 (2x at $50 each) per patient would do for your bottom line! 2. Expand Your Service Area: If you have fewer or no routine oxygen deliveries, you can expand your service area. This can mean more oxygen patients and more revenue and profits. As you are no doubt aware, providers who are hundreds, even thousands of miles away are now serving patients in your service area. Now, you can bid on adjacent CBA as well as other opportunities to serve oxygen patients. 3. Retail Products Such As POCs And Other Patient Aids On Your Website(s): If you can make a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you can make a website. Products like POCs and many other patient aids are sold by internet retailer

Get the training you need!

Get the training you need!

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
April 22, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Training Education, Regulatory Compliance

The US DOT requires that every employee receive three types of training at least every 3 years, and within 90 days of start of employment for new

Increase Your Oxygen Profits!

Increase Your Oxygen Profits!

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
April 06, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Business

The DME environment in which reimbursement dollars have been reduced due to many factors, cutting costs has become as important as the number of patients that you serve. When looking for ways to cut costs, one of the easiest ways is to fill your own oxygen cylinders. When you realize that there are many other advantages to refilling your own oxygen cylinders, it becomes a project that no DME should ignore. What are the advantages to refilling your own oxygen

Just Released: NEW Oximeters!

Just Released: NEW Oximeters!

Posted By Kristen Cifranic
April 01, 2015 Category: Oxygen, Equipment

Oximeters from Applied are a convenient, portable, non-invasive way to spot check oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Standard Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Brighter and larger, digital LED one-way display Portable, non-invasive spot check of oxygen saturation and pulse rate Low battery indicator Continuous working time = 24 hours Easy automatic power off when the finger leaves the device for 5 seconds Runs on two “AAA” batteries Finger sizes from 0.3” – 1.0” Includes case Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Dual color, high resolution, and easy to read LED display with multi-display, four directions and six display modes Portable, non-invasive spot check of oxygen saturation, pulse rate, pulse bar and plethysmogram Easy automatic power off when the finger leaves the device for 5 seconds Low battery indicator Includes lanyard Continuous working time = 20 hours Runs on two “AAA” batteries Finger sizes from

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