As you would expect, medical gases are gases that are applied for medical procedures. Some are used for treatment, some are utilized as an anesthetic agent (as in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen) and others, such as compressed air, are used to drive medical equipment and tools.
There are seven kinds of medical gases commonly used: oxygen, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, argon, helium, carbon dioxide and compressed air.
Hocon Industrial Gas provides medical-grade gases for doctors’ offices and clinics as well as portable oxygen tanks for home use.
Most of our industrial gases come in research grade, but we ask that you call us to arrange a special order and delivery for those types.
Medical gases have been used to treat medical conditions for more than a century. The outbreak of COVID-19 has made the need for medical gases even more critical than perhaps ever before.
It is estimated that more than one million patients are now treated with medical gases, such as oxygen, every day under prescription from a health care provider. Medical gases are administered in the emergency medical setting, the hospital setting, the outpatient setting, and also in the home.
Because of the importance of medical gases in treating COVID-19, medical gas manufacturing and distribution have been deemed essential businesses by the federal government.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 60 percent of the critically ill patients treated for COVID-19 have received high-flow oxygen therapy and more than 70 percent of patients received mechanical ventilation.
One of the top recommendations that the CDC gives to families and caregivers of populations at risk to COVID-19 is to monitor medical supplies, such as oxygen, and create a back-up plan to ensure you always have enough supply.
Long-term use of oxygen concentration generally does not exceed 30-40%. Ordinary patients breathe oxygen through an oxygen flowmeter; critically ill patients breathe oxygen through a ventilator.
In its guidance to state and local officials, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has defined essential workers to include manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of medical gases. As a result, any state or local quarantine declarations include medical gas workers as “essential” in the response to COVID-19.
If you’re looking for one of the most reliable medical gas suppliers in the area, look to Hocon Industrial Gas. We invite you to speak with our knowledgeable, experienced staff about your medical gas delivery requirements.
All of our drivers are properly trained and certified to ensure safe, professional deliveries, which are available throughout the year.
Feel free to contact us at any time.