A potential worldwide shortage of medical oxygen supplies due to the coronavirus pandemic could be alleviated by installing Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) systems in healthcare facilities, says Oxair.

Ensuring a reliable supply of oxygen during the Covid-19 crisis is proving challenging due to the rising demand from healthcare services across the world desperate to have the life-saving gas for ventilators and masks.

Global manufacturer of advanced gas process systems Oxair said it can turn orders around for ready-to-use oxygen PSA units in about eight to ten weeks for the Asia Pacific (APAC) and African regions from its facilities in Australia and India, depending on local lockdown laws and travel restrictions.

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.

According to Oxair, medical facilities are often forced to rely on outsourcing this life-giving gas, with failing supplies a potential catastrophe for hospitals, not to mention the problems associated with the storage, handling and removal of traditional oxygen cylinders.

Oxair said PSA oxygen offers better patient care with a permanent flow of high-quality oxygen – in this case a plug and play system with output pressure of four bars and a flow rate of 160 litres per minute, capable of piping oxygen around the hospital to every department as needed.

The 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.

David Cheeseman of Oxair explained, “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 wherever it is needed.”

“The design of these PSA systems as ‘plug-and-play’ means that they are literally ready to start working as soon as they are delivered and plugged in – with voltage adapted to the country of delivery.”

“So hospitals can rely on technology which is tried and tested over many years, coupled with almost instant access to vital oxygen supplies.”