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Meet OSHA requirements for recognized hazards!

July 16, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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

Posted in Quickconnectors, Fillingoxygen, Oxygencylinders, NPT, Connections

FDA requires 2 leak tests during the fill process

June 10, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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.

Posted in Leaktesting, Oxygencylinders, LeakDetectionSolution, FDAguidance

How can you stop patient cannula fires?

June 03, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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.

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Six Ways to Serve Oxygen Patients Better and Increase Profits

May 20, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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

Posted in Deliverybusinessmodel, Servicearea, Medicaloxygen, Oxygencylinders, POC, Oxygendeliveryarea

2015 Label Updates!

May 06, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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

Posted in Oxygenlabels, Oxygencylinders, Oxygencompressedlabels, Labelupdate

Quick Tips For Oxygen Cleaning!

April 28, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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

Posted in Oxygencleaning, Cleaningequipment, Oxygencylinders, Valves, Leaktesting, Disinfectingoxygenequipment

Applied Non-Delivery Model Cost Reduction Program

March 04, 2015 by Kristen Cifranic

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 refillingsystem per cylinderoxygen costs can be reduced by as much as90%, 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 showyou 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

Posted in Non Deliverymodel, Costreduction, Oxygencylinders, DMEcompanies, Liquidtogas, Gastogas

The biggest problems with your oxygen supplier now solved

September 03, 2014 by Kristen Cifranic

Have you considered filling your own oxygen cylinders lately? Most companies can pay for a liquid to gas system in the first year and save about $10,000! The average savings over five years is $182,865! Now with competitive bidding and cost cutting, there has never been a better time to start filling oxygen! My supplier is increasing my oxygen cost, but I am getting paid less! SOLUTION: By filling your own cylinders you can increase your profits by 50% or more. Typically, an oxygen filler can pocket up to 2 bucks a cylinder or more by filling the cylinders themselves (a typical E cylinder is about 55 cents). I think my supplier is losing or damaging my cylinders. SOLUTION: By filling your own cylinders, your cylinders never leave your control. I think my supplier is overcharging me for my rental cylinders. SOLUTION: When you buy cylinders from Applied, you can either purchase by pallet (with free shipping) or lease to own the cylinders when you purchase your system. I dont

Posted in Oxygensupplier, Competitivebidding, Oxygencylinders, Fillingoxygen

Best Plastic Valve Seals

July 30, 2014 by Kristen Cifranic

The FDA and accreditation require you to use valve seals on your filled cylinders to protect against contamination. Fillers love OxyLok plastic valve seals because they slide easily over the post valve and lock in place. Patients love them because they have a wide, large ring that they can easily grab, so removal is simple. OxyLok Valve Seals and OxyLok Mini Valve Seals Helps keep dust and dirt out of the post valve Easy to install with easy patient removal Required by 21 CFR 211.80 to prevent contamination Click here for more information on our OxyLok and OxyLok Mini Valve Seals.

Posted in Oxygencylinders, Valveseals, OxyLok

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