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Author: Laura Frederick

Using Carriers, Bags or Carts When Handling Cylinders

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 cylinders.

Start Getting MORE from Your Oxygen Business

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 systems.

COVID-19 Resources: Keep It Clean

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 whats the right chemical to use on your equipment. There are two types of cleaning that are pertinent for oxygen equipment, cleaningand disinfectingwith 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 equipmentwhichis in directcontact with oxygen, such as the cylindervalve orsurface. The body of a cylinder or a regulator for example, should be cleaned with chemicals that will leave noresiduebehind thatmaycause an interaction with oxygenthat 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 oranoxygen connection must not only be cleaned with an oxygen compatible

Are You Meeting Pre-Fill Requirements?

By Laura Frederick
April 07, 2020 Category: General

When filling medical oxygen cylinders it is critically important now more than ever toperform pre-fill odor testingas part of the required nine (9) pre-fill checks.We wanted clarify and stress the importance ofthe 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 forpostfilling 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 hydrostatictest dateis current Aluminum cylinders must be within 5 years Steel cylinders must be within 10 years if star is present Verify correct cylindercolor In United States oxygen color is green In Canada and many other countries oxygen color is white Performhammer teston steel cylinder only. Aluminum cylinders are exempt. Strike outside of cylinder with a hammer

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

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

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

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

Hurricane Season: Are your Patients Prepared?

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 POCs 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 POCs 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

Competitive Bidding - Are you ready?

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, its time to make sure youre 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 2021.

How Technology Can Enhance Growth at Home and at Work

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 worlds first portable computers, the Osborne 1. It weighed almost 25 pounds and didnt 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

OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS

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 stringsMedicare fee-for-service should only be a component of the suppliers 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

NEW! OxyGo Disposables

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 sheet.

OxySafe Safety Update

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 VAs Patient Safety Alert requires that thermal fuses (firebreaks) are fitted to all home oxygen patients installationsunless 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

Visit Us At Medtrade Spring

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. Its hte second largest trade show in the U.S. focused exclusively on the home medical equipment market. Emerald Expositions, the shows owner, touts Medtrade Spring 2018 as designed to give todays 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

NEW Easy-to-Install OxySafe

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 OxySafes new bi-directional thermal fuse saves time and effort in set-up. It really is a convenience for

Take advantage of 2.99 APR financing rates, available now!

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

Now its even easier to go non-delivery with the OxyGo POC!Take advantage of2.99 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 creditapproval 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 creditapproval 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 oxygo@applied-inc.com

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

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

OxyStat Portable Oxygen Analyzer - fits in the palm of you hand.

Pigtail Best Practices

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 dangerous.

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