Steve Harrison puts the spotlight on the Cinderella gases that so often go unnoticed.


Since patients’ health and condition often depend on the accuracy of these readings, highly specialized gas mixes are used to calibrate diagnostic equipment on a regular basis.

At the mention of medical gases, the first products which usually come to mind are the oxygen used for breathing therapy and the nitrous oxide (laughing gas) used for conscious sedation. Granted, these gases are vital and are used extensively in the healthcare arena. However there is an essential group of “Cinderella” specialty medical gases which are less recognized, but no less critical. These gases are supplied less frequently and in smaller quantities, but are just as vital to patient welfare.

The tale of these specialty gases reveals that they are actually used every single day at hospitals and medical laboratories and other associated organizations servicing the medical/healthcare industry. The Cinderella specialty medical gases reviewed in this article are those which have a diversity of interesting and critical applications which harness their unique properties — and which are quality-critical.

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