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NEW STATIONARY CONCENTRATOR ELIMINATES COSTLY OXYGEN DELIVERIES TO HIGH FLOW PATIENTS Westlake, OH. OxyHome, a sister product to OxyGo, a leading supplier of portable oxygen concentrators (POC), has introduced a new stationary oxygen concentrator (SOC), OxyHome 10 by Nuvo. This new concentrator bridges the gap between POCs and large bulky oxygen tanks that take up way too much space and require needless servicing expense, said Kevin Smith, OxyGo and OxyHome Director of Business Development. This SOC makes many of those older, bulkier tanks look like oxygen dinosaurs, Smith added. Smith cites four key advantages of the new OxyHome stationary concentrator: It provides DMEs with big savings by eliminating costly gas or liquid oxygen deliveries to high flow patients. 10 lpm/20 psi oxygen delivery enables use of standard accessories and long tubing runs with no restriction of flow. OxyHome delivers 20 psi at 10 liters per minutewhich can allow patients to attach accessories down line
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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release, Competitive Bidding, Round #2 Re-compete FROM Dave Marquard, CEO Owner March 21, 2016 On Tuesday evening, March 15, 2016, CMS announced another round of oxygen reimbursement cuts as high as 16% to be effective in the next few months. You can reduce or save 38% of your oxygen costs with every new patient, patients that are distant or use a lot of tanks or even all your oxygen patients. This action will more than offset the cuts and improve your profitability, by adopting the OxyGo Non-Delivery Business Model and we can help. First, equipment costs are only a small fraction of the cost drivers for serving oxygen patients. The majority of tangible costs or expenses of serving oxygen patients are operations costs like labor, delivery, and compliance expenses. Lets examine how to reduce or eliminate these expenses by replacing tanks with a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) and a stationary oxygen concentrator (SOC). Click here to find out
Oxygen safety should never be taken for granted. If you are in the business of delivering oxygen to patients, it is a good idea to frequently review what you are actually doing on a day to day basis compared to what is written in your procedures manual. Simple omissions and mistakes made in the rush of business can have catastrophic consequences. During my career I lost two patients (separate incidents) because they both were smoking cigarettes while on oxygen. The first patient actually was in his living room with his wife and visitors. He was a retired plumber and was very familiar with oxygen and its properties. He chose to smoke with his nasal cannula in place, something that he had done many times previously. But luck only lasts so long. The witnesses stated all they could remember was seeing flames coming from his mouth and nose. (Those of you who have had the required oxygen training may say, But Bob, oxygen isnt flammable!, which is true. However, in an oxygen enriched environment,
Be sure to stop by booth #836 to take advantage of our new show specials! Medtrade Spring - March 1-2, 2016 Check out our NEW OxyGo POC - Now with a 5th setting! On display in our booth with FREE demos! Get a FREE copy of our Home HealthCare TODAY magazine, with extra savings inside! Get your copy today, just click here. See our popular liquid to gas oxygen transfilling system. Win! $100 Amazon Gift Card - visit booth #836 for more information We look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas! Questions? Give us a call at 888-327-7301.
NEW! OxyGo Warranties Make the Oxygen Non-Delivery Model Even MORE Attractive! The new OxyGo warranty programs reduce cost of ownership AND protect your investment of the most popular POC in the home healthcare market. Just order the warranty or warranties that fit your oxygen business best when you order OxyGo. See our website oxygo.life and click warranties for FULL details. How the Oxygen Non-delivery Model can work for you! Everyone has probably heard about saving money and increasing profits with your oxygen business by reducing or eliminating delivering oxygen tanks and / or cryogenic vessels. Every delivery you make costs you in terms of labor and truck expenses as much or more than $50.00 each. With competitive bidding, you know you must control and reduce expenses. Heres how: EXPAND YOUR SERVICE AREA: This sounds a little counter-intuitive, however by using the combination of OxyGo POC and stationary oxygen concentrator (SOC), you can expand your service area. Basically,
FACT: It is the responsibility of the company that fills, stores, delivers, handles and uses oxygen to ensure that the label complies with applicable governmental regulations. FACT: Non compliant labels can result in fines up to $15,000! Check your labels carefully because every violation counts! (i.e. 50 cylinders with incorrect labels is 50 violations!) The Good News Applied Can Help! Applied oxygen drug product labels are customized for you! Your company information is printed directly on the label, keeping you compliant! Click here to see our labels.
We are looking for new independent and direct sales representatives to sell our growing OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator and other Applied products to DME providers. If you can help us we would be glad to recognize your contribution in our popular Home Healthcare TODAY magazine. Please see below for details. INDEPENDENT DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVE WANTED We are an established fast growing home respiratory equipment manufacturer with plants in the U. S. and Europe. If you have 3 or more years of sales experience selling respiratory or sleep products to DME providers, we are interested in talking to you. We provide field sales support, brand recognition, and marketing support and we are the market leader in several important markets. We pay generous commissions on invoicing, so you will enjoy a steady above average income. Please e-mail your resume and line card to firstname.lastname@example.org If you know anyone in an open territory that would be a good fit for us, and we sign them as
For the third year in a row Applied celebrates winning the Westlake in Bloom annual contest. Westlake in Bloom is a friendly competition among residents, organizations and businesses in the Westlake community. Each year, hundreds of participants compete for first, second and third place awards. This year Applied came in 1st place in the Business/Hotel/Motel category.
Applied Home Healthcare Equipment had the opportunity and privilege to once again compete in the 2015 City of Westlake Corporate Challenge. We had a great time competing in the Corporate Challenge this year. Its another way for employees to work together as a team, while also including family members. This year we participated in 24 events - Go Applied Companies! Blood Drive Food Drive Spirit Banner 2 Mile Timed Walk Sand Volleyball Corn Hole Golf Putting Bocce Ball Texas Holdem Basketball Skee Ball Ready, Aim, Fire The Westlake 500 Cupcake Decorating Puzzle Mania Spelling Bee Bowling Eight Ball Trivia Minute To Win It Walk/Scavenger Hunt Water Relay Cardboard Boat Race
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 cylinders. Compressed gas cylinders are pressure vessels that are capable of becoming propelled objects if the contents are suddenly exhausted, either by mishap or accident. The rapid discharge of gas can happen if the cylinders are dropped and either the valve or other part of the cylinder becomes damaged or broken. If a damaged cylinder with gas inside of it becomes a propelled object, it can cause property damage, injury, or worse. To prevent cylinders from being damaged, use carriers, bags, or carts when handling and moving cylinders, particularly multiple cylinders. Do not try to carry a large number of cylinders under your arms. One wrong move or trip can result in the cylinders being dropped and potentially damaged. Carriers can be constructed of several types of materials. The durability of the carrier is
DID YOU KNOW according to OSHA Section 5(a)(1), employers must provide employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards including ergonomic hazards? Applieds quick connectors are a low cost way to eliminate repetitive motion injuries and increase productivity! Oxygen fillers can quickly connect and disconnect oxygen cylinders during the fill process with a simple lever. This increases filling speed up to 5 times! High Speed OxyFill Oxygen Quick Connectors work with all CGA-870 post valves, 1/2 NPT male inlet for use on oxygen manifolds (also available in 1/4 NPT). What is NPT? What size do I need? National Pipe Thread Taper (NPT) is a U.S. standard for tapered threads used on threaded pipes and fittings. In contrast to straight threads that are found on a bolt, a taper thread will pull tight and therefore make a fluid-tight seal. The typical sizes you will see in medical oxygen filling are 1/4 and 1/2 NPT. (The 1/4 and 1/2 names do not actually refer to the NPT sizing, but
You become who you hire could not be more true than when it comes to hiring your Chief Information Officer (CIO). Recently, I listened to a CIO of a multi-million dollar organization present on his progress during his first ten months; and I thought we could all pick up good ideas from his actions. The organization completely revitalized its IT, and the way it works, just by hiring one person. First, the CIO reduced the risks and hassle of e-mail outages by moving the organizations 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 security. Using an outside service also provides a fixed contract cost with no worries of unexpected, expensive in house equipment failures. Another great feature of this move? It was all nearly invisible to users because the look and procedures didnt change and at all. Todays e-mail is as important to business as voice telephone service, perhaps more.
Since we introduced the OxyGo a 4.8 pound wearable POC we have seen incredible demand from home care providers. Offer your patients the POC they want! The OxyGo helps to keep your patients happy and restores their freedom. This POC is ultra-portable, highly durable and very attractive! Features 4 pulse flow settings. Provides 840 ml of oxygen per minute. Only 4.8 lbs. including the standard battery! Up to 9.5 hours of battery life with optional double battery. No carts or tanks required. FAA-approved for domestic and international airline travel. Quick change battery and easy-to-remove sieve beds. Exclusively available through medical equipment providers. Dont miss out! Call us today to request more information on this patient friendly and extremely reliable portable oxygen concentrator. 888-327-7301 or email@example.com
Leak Testing Notice from the FDA: According to FDA guidance and industry standards, soap and water solutions used to leak test are not recommended and may even prove dangerous. Soap contains animal fats ( lard ) which burns easily and explosive-like in oxygen. Synthetic soap such as dish washing soap (Dawn, Joy, etc.) contain petroleum ( oil ). Some soaps contain both. These solutions leave residues on the valve that, when they come in contact with high pressure oxygen, can ignite and cause a fire. The FDA requires 2 leak tests during the fill process, one while the cylinder is filling and another on the cylinder after they have been filled. This test must be done on every cylinder, to ensure that the contents of the cylinder is not leaking out, and that the patient will receive the full contents of the cylinder. Applied recommends using a Certified Medical Grade Leak Detecting Solution.
According to the Joint Commission NPSG.15.02.01, EPs 2 and 3 require home care organizations to provide education to the patient and family regarding causes of fire and fire prevention activities. In addition to proper education Applied recommends providing patients with a thermal shut off device, such as Applieds OxySafe, as part of regular patient set-ups in order to protect against further damage from a tubing fire. OxySafe is a thermal fuse designed to stop the flow of gas in the event that the downstream cannula or supply tubing is ignited. With OxySafe, the PVC tube is inclined to extinguish because PVC will not normally burn in air offering healthcare providers a cost effective solution to lower the risk of serious patient injury in a dangerous oxygen fire. Click here for more information.
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
The new OSHA compliant oxygen product labels must be updated and in use by June this year. The frequently asked questions below may help answer some of the question you have about the label changes. 1. Why do I need to update my oxygen labels? OSHA has adopted a set of standards known as GHS, or Globally Harmonized System of Classification of Labeling of Chemicals. GHS created a universal system of standardized pictograms and the hazards associated with each chemical. The new labels have updated warnings and use the pictograms prescribed by OSHA. 2. Who requires these updated labels? OSHA requires the oxygen products labels to conform to these GHS standards. 3. What do the new labels look like? The new labels will remain the same size and shape as our previous green colored labels, and our liquid labels. They will include the yellow Oxidizer symbol, as well as the Gas Cylinder: Gases Under Pressure pictogram. A size and content chart will be at the center right, and your custom contact
What Is Oxygen Cleaning? Clean equipment that comes into contact with oxygen requires specific procedures to ensure that nothing is left on the surface that could interact with oxygen. There are two types of cleaning that are pertinent for oxygen equipment, cleaning 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 the comes into contact with oxygen, such as the cylinder surface. The body of a cylinder or a regulator for example, should be cleaned with chemicals that will leave nothing behind that will cause an interaction with oxygen. 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 oxygen connection, must not only be cleaned with an oxygen compatible cleaner, but also with special
Training Time! Getting the right training for your employees can be confusing. To help break it down, we listed the employees that need to receive training and what type of training is required. Within 90 days of hire If youve got a new hire, youll need DOT training within 90 days! The FDA requires cGMP training, too, before you can let your new filler out on his own. Every 3 years 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 employees. The employees who should have this training are: All drivers, loaders and people in charge of storage of oxygen cylinders for ANY amount of oxygen delivered. (1 cylinder to over 1,001 lbs) The three types of training are: Job Specific Training Safety training for the hazardous material HazMat Security Awareness Training # OF-5000D: Delivery On-Demand Subscription Unlimited number of employees for an entire year! Certificates included! Annually,