LifeGas is the U.S. medical gases business of The Linde Group. The FireSafe™ Cannula Valve is a fire-arresting device that fits into standard oxygen cannula tubing and is designed to provide additional protection to oxygen patients from the risk of fires.
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that some 30 percent of patients continue to smoke while on oxygen, causing hundreds of home fires every year. Because the FireSafe Cannula Valve is located near the patient’s face, it helps seal off and stop an oxygen fire before it reaches the source of oxygen, such as the tank. This can limit patient injuries, improve the probability of survival and limit the structural damage caused by fire.
Mark Sanda, LifeGas product manager for the FireSafe Cannula Valve, says the device supports the Joint Commission Accreditation Program for Homecare’s 2008 oxygen therapy safety goals. The program requires homecare providers to assess patients’ home safety, educate patients and caregivers about fire risk and notify physicians if patients continue to smoke while using oxygen.
“The FireSafe Cannula Valve gives clinicians a unique intervention tool to reduce the risk of injury and death for non-compliant patients. By providing the FireSafe Cannula Valve to its patients, AeroCare is demonstrating its commitment to keeping them safe,” Sanda said.
John Pope, purchasing manager and corporate trainer for the Orlando, Florida-based AeroCare, said, “We found that patient education combined with the Firesafe Cannula Valve is an inexpensive but effective tool to help keep our patients a little safer.”
LifeGas is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the Firesafe Cannula Valve, manufactured by BPR Medical Ltd. LifeGas specializes in providing premier medical gases and gas-enabled solutions to hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, emergency management services and home healthcare providers with service to over 1,000 hospitals and home care providers.
Learn more and see a demonstration of the product at www.lifegas.com.
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