Afrox: HiQ gases help people to breathe


HiQ gases from Afrox are ‘made for purpose’, and each has to comply with a specific set of specifications. This is particularly pertinent in the health sector, where the purity and accuracy of the gas mixtures used have a direct bearing on the health and treatment of patients.

Afrox’s Special Products Manager for HiQ gases, Hans Strydom, spoke to gasworld about the South African company’s high-purity gas mixtures for respiratory medicine in the health sector; lung function and capacity testing; and the use of Heliox, a breathing gas designed to help people suffering from airway restriction diseases.

“We supply the testing gas to measure how effectively a patients lungs are working, for example. When we breathe in, oxygen (O2) in the air goes through bronchial tubes and into its smallest branches, called bronchioles, which have tiny air sacs called alveoli at their ends,” explains Strydom.

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