Respiratory gases are big business; whether fed through a pipeline system into a hospital, or delivered by cylinder to people in their homes, they are imperative to the smooth running of medical procedures, and are relied upon heavily by millions of people worldwide
who depend on breathing aids for a better
quality of life.
Classified as those gases which are suitable for inhalation, different combinations of respiratory gases are used in a range of situations, whether it be to relieve pain, anaesthetise in order to operate, or simply make breathing easier for an individual with respiratory problems.
Studies have also demonstrated the potential of inspired gases to treat a range of other conditions; the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, originally used to treat divers suffering from the bends, is now thought to be beneficial to those who have suffered a stroke, or who are autistic.
Enter the industrial gas companies; they ensure a regular supply is distributed to hospitals and other medical institutions, and have gradually moved into the homecare sector, delivering direct to members of the public as well.
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