Global gas process systems specialist Oxair has developed a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen solution to help prevent hundreds of lives being lost in Africa due to severe oxygen shortages.

With many medical facilities forced to rely on outsourcing oxygen, lack of consistent supply and further shortages down-the-line often have catastrophic impacts on hospitals.

As the situation grows worse with the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic and remote care facilities in low-income countries continue to struggle, a simple solution has been proposed by Oxair.

The proposed PSA systems allow patients more effective care with a permanent flow of high-quality oxygen.

This oxygen is capable of being piped around the hospital to every department as needed and works from a plug and play system with output pressure of five bar and a flow rate to suit the hospital’s needs.

About the system, Oxair engineer, David Cheeseman, explained, “A number of African hospitals, including the likes of Heal Africa in Goma, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are already saving lives with an off-the-shelf Oxygen Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) system.”

“These are high quality, robust medical devices designed to last and deliver consistent, high purity oxygen on tap to hospitals and healthcare facilities even in the remotest locations around the world.”

In cases where a hospital does not have a central piping system, Oxair will supply an on-site cylinder filling system, a cheaper and more hygienic alternative to the inconvenience and uncertainty of cylinder delivery.

Cheeseman continued, “Oxair’s system delivers constant oxygen of 94-95% purity through PSA filtration, a unique process that separates oxygen from compressed air.”

“The gas is then conditioned and filtered before being stored in a buffer tank to be used directly by the end user on demand.”

With their order turn-around time for ready-to-use, standalone PSA units being just a few weeks, Cheeseman also said that the company will provide a charitable rate for organisations with a bona fide charitable status in order to supplement funding available from international finance sources.

He concluded, “We are ready to step up supplies and prepared to do whatever is necessary to help healthcare services during the current coronavirus crisis – and beyond – by providing this life-saving oxygen equipment in Africa and wherever else it is needed.”