UK’s first Heliox pipeline system in hospital


BOC Healthcare has installed a pipeline system to deliver Heliox gas to patients’ bedsides at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey, UK.

Heliox is a ready to-use gas mixture from BOC, a member of the Linde Group, consisting of 79% helium and 21% oxygen.

It assists the flow of oxygen into, and carbon dioxide out of, the lungs and so makes breathing less effort for patients with severe airway obstruction caused by conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma and bronchiolitis.

The new system is the first of its kind in the UK. For the hospital, having the gas supplied from a piped system means that the gas supply is always available and nurses do not need to change cylinders in the wards.

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