It is a fact that oxygen is necessary for sustaining life on the planet earth. However, medical oxygen is also available commercially which is generated via a medical oxygen plant. While manufacturing medical oxygen, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken care of, which we will discuss elsewhere in this write-up. It must be understood that the air we breathe reaches lungs where oxygen gets mixed up with bloodstream and travels to every nook and corner of the body delivering oxygen, which helps in oxidizing food at the cellular level, thus, releasing energy & heat. The energy so produced is used for accomplishing our daily tasks of life.
Medical oxygen is generated via a hospital oxygen plant which is fabricated using the latest cryogenic distillation technology. For production of medical oxygen it must be ensured that oxygen must have purity up to 99.7% or above. On the other hand, compliance with the standards of Indian and European Pharmacopeia must also be strictly observed. It is also imperative that specifications of identification, odor, CO2 not more than 0.03% and CO not more than 0.001% in gas must be met. Medical oxygen is used in various applications including resuscitation, inhalation, COPD, cyanosis, shock, severe hemorrhage, carbon monoxide poisoning, major trauma, cardiac/respiratory arrest. It is also of great help in resuscitation & cardiovascular stability and providing life support.
Keeping out impurities is imperative and it is done when oxygen is distilled in the low pressure distillation column. There are numerous technologies and processes available for fabricating medical oxygen plants. We use the latest cryogenic distillation technology for making oxygen systems for hospitals. Many manufacturers also use pressure swing adsorption (PSA) for making the plants but we stick only to the cryogenic processes. Also, oxygen cylinders used for supplying oxygen to hospital must be cleared off all impurities.