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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

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

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

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

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

Competitive Bidding - Are you ready?

Competitive Bidding   Are you ready

Posted By Laura Frederick
July 15, 2019 Category: Business, General, Industry News, Regulatory Compliance

With the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program competitive bid window opening July 16, it’s time to make sure you’re on track to submit your bids before the bid window closes September 18. HomeCare asked Cara Bachenheimer, who chairs the government affairs practice at Brown & Fortunato, to share the basics before Round

How Technology Can Enhance Growth at Home and at Work

How Technology Can Enhance Growth at Home and at Work

Posted By Laura Frederick
June 13, 2019 Category: Technology, Business, Regulatory Compliance

By Dave Marquard, WEMCO Tech Chair June 8, 2019   Curiosity has often driven me to action.  In 1982 I purchased one of the world’s first portable computers, the Osborne 1.  It weighed almost 25 pounds and didn’t have an on-board battery. It had to be plugged into a wall outlet to power up and use.  However, it was still classified as a portable computer because it could be hand-carried.    The Osborne 1 shipped with a large bundle of software worth almost as much as the computer.  That software included some of the most powerful and pioneering programs of the day such as D-Base2 for data sorting; SuperCal, an early spreadsheet, and WordStar, a leading word processor application that had a dominant market share that lasted until the mid-1980s.     I was a young VP at a small welding equipment manufacturing company, which while a market leader in its small niche, could never seem to break out of a slow growth cycle.  My new “computer aided” ability to process large amounts of data, prepare “what if” scenarios, and then sum it all up quickly in a word-processed proposal, was enormously helpful.  It enabled me to make a positive contribution to the company that impressed my superiors, peers, and subordinates.    The Osborne 1 enabled us to form teams that used its data enhancing speed benefits to efficiently develop new products.   By the end of my first year we

OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS

OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS

Posted By Laura Frederick
November 10, 2018 Category: Financing

Introducing OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS™ Patient Financing to Increase Cash Sales! A DME supplier can no longer survive while being dependent on Medicare for fee-for-service… with competitive bidding, stringent documentation requirements, lower reimbursement, post-payment audits, tightening Medicare purse strings—Medicare fee-for-service should only be a component of the supplier’s total income stream. There are 78 million baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964); they are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and are accustomed to paying for things out-of-pocket. The successful DME will be focused on selling upgrades and selling items for cash. To help providers in this changing market, and to allow patients access to the best POC in the market, OxyGo is proud to introduce OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS. OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS is a revolutionary patient financing program for the home healthcare market — Patients can own their equipment with monthly payments, and Providers can get paid for the equipment immediately! OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS has partnered with a leading financing company to bring providers a consumer installment sales financing program. Our surveys show that thousands of POC cash purchases are foregone due to lack of availability of patient payment plans. The OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS projects that POC sales will increase by 20% for Providers offering the program. WHAT IS OXYCARE TOTAL ADVANTAG

NEW! OxyGo Disposables

NEW! OxyGo Disposables

Posted By Laura Frederick
October 15, 2018 Category: OxyGo, Oxygen, Equipment

Did you know... That OxyGo now offers a high-quality line of Disposables which consists of Cannulas, Tubing and accessories at an affordable price without sacrificing patient comfort. Key Benefits... All tubing comes with kink resistant six channel lumen design and is latex and BPA free. Cannulas are available with Comfort Soft Plus tubing that helps maximize patient comfort. Click here to see more online and below to download the new OxyGo Disposables product

OxySafe Safety Update

OxySafe Safety Update

Posted By Laura Frederick
September 24, 2018 Category: Oxygen Safety

As a reminder, in March 2018, the Veterans Health Administration issued a Patient Safety Alert mandating the use of thermal shut-off devices (also known as firebreaks, fire stop  valves or fire safety valves) in all of its home oxygen patients’ installations. The VHA will be incorporating new requirements into all DME contracts for home oxygen.       KEY POINTS OF THE PATIENT SAFETY ALERT The VA’s Patient Safety Alert requires that thermal fuses (firebreaks) are fitted to all home oxygen patients’ installations—unless there is a clinical reason for not doing so. The Patient Safety Alert applies to all patients, not just those deemed to be at ‘high risk’. Two thermal shut-off devices must be fitted on each patient installation. In other words, where a patient uses both stationary and portable oxygen, two thermal fuses must be fitted on the stationary oxygen source and two on the portable source. In the case of portable devices, the requirement only applies to those with a continuous flow. Following the Patient Safety Alert, all DME providers will be responsible to report home oxygen fires to the local VA medical center and must provide specific information about the fire. Any unidirectional thermal fuses must be replaced with bidirectional versions at the next scheduled visit or sooner (unless the unidirectional is designed so it cannot be fitted in the wrong orientation, if it has a thread or bayonet for e

Visit Us At Medtrade Spring

Visit Us At Medtrade Spring

Posted By Laura Frederick
March 20, 2018 Category: OxyGo, Oxygen, Events

All aboard for the "Medtrade Spring 2018" show! It comes to the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Convention Center March 27-29. It's hte second largest trade show in the U.S. focused exclusively on the home medical equipment market.  Emerald Expositions, the show's owner, touts Medtrade Spring 2018 as designed to give today's providers the highest quality educational, networking, and advocacy opportunities -- and the largest selection of HME products under one roof.  While considerably smaller than the fall Medtrade show held in Atlanta every year, the spring event is noted for attracting a home healthcare crowd hungry for new products, especially in the retail sector. One provider I talked to says he always tries to come back home from the Las Vegas show with at least three new retail products to help him keep "ahead" of his competition.  While booth sales have reportedly remained brisk for Medtrade 2018, there is one class of exhibitors that has not been asked back. York Schwab, Account Executive for the show, said earlier this year, "We are not selling booth space to face cream companies that were roundly criticized in post-show surveys. We rejected them all, and in 2018 there will be zero. " One of the most popular draws of the show is the New Products Pavilion. Sponsored by HomeCare Magazine, it's where exhibitors showcase products released to the market within the past year. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast th

NEW Easy-to-Install OxySafe

NEW Easy to Install OxySafe

Posted By Laura Frederick
June 13, 2016 Category: Oxygen Safety

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2016 NEW EASY-TO-INSTALL OXYSAFE TWO DIRECTIONAL THERMAL FUSE AVAILABLE NOW TO HELP PREVENT OXYGEN FIRES CAUSED BY SMOKING OxySafe™ now offers a new installation step-saving bi-directional thermal fuse to help prevent oxygen fires caused by patients smoking while receiving oxygen therapy.  It 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 too.  OxySafe™ director of sales Jon Schultz noted that some studies have estimated 39% of COPD patients continue to smoke while on oxygen. He said that OxySafe’s new bi-directional thermal fuse saves time and effort in set-up. “It really is a convenience for the customer that eliminates the need to check to see that the arrow is pointing the correct way during installation,” said Schultz. “One less step may not sound like a lot, but it’s a huge benefit to the end user that saves installation time and enhances accuracy,” he continued.  Easy-to-install thermal fuses such as the OxySafe™ are gaining in popularity as a way to combat home oxygen fires, especially by vet

Take advantage of 2.99 APR financing rates, available now!

Take advantage of 2.99 APR financing rates, available now!

Posted By Laura Frederick
April 20, 2016 Category: OxyGo, Equipment, Oxygen

Now it's even easier to go non-delivery with the OxyGo POC! Take advantage of 2.99 APR financing rates, available now! Option 1: 2.99 APR for 36 Months Orders of 5+ OxyGo units, 36 Months at 2.99 APR Requirements: • One month security due at signing  • Subject to credit approval  • Certain pricing may not qualify for financing programs  • Minimum of 5 or more units to qualify Option 2: 3 Months Deferred, followed by 33 payments at 4.5 APR Requirements: • One month security due at signing  • Subject to credit approval  • Certain pricing may not qualify for financing programs • Minimum of 5 or more units to qualify Hurry!  Offer is valid until June 30, 2016.  Take advantage of these specials and see how the non-delivery model can save your business time and money. Call us at 888-327-0731 or email us at

OxyStat: Accurate, fast oxygen readings in the palm of your hand.

OxyStat: Accurate, fast oxygen readings in the palm of your hand.

Posted By Laura Frederick
December 18, 2015 Category: Equipment, Oxygen

OxyStat Portable Oxygen Analyzer - fits in the palm of you

Pigtail Best Practices

Pigtail Best Practices

Posted By Laura Frederick
May 21, 2014 Category: Oxygen, Equipment, Regulatory Compliance

Every time you fill you should visually inspect your pigtails for damage. If there are kinks or weak points, such as from folding, the pigtails could snap from the high pressure and become

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