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Consider Innovative Design of Redundant Bulk Oxygen in a Healthcare Setting

Posted by Bryan Laginess

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Mar 9, 2016 10:54:03 AM

MEP design solutions for those "just in case" scenarios

Whether it is a natural disaster, driver error or an errant backhoe that takes out the use of your bulk oxygen, many hospitals would need to rely on the services of a mobile supply truck to provide adequate back-up for their most critical patients.

That is why healthcare facilities are starting to seek the benefits and peace of mind of redundant bulk oxygen for critical areas of operation.

In a nutshell:

  • Redundant bulk oxygen is located remotely from the existing site and fed to the hospital, connecting into the existing pipe distribution.
  • Both sites supply oxygen to dedicated areas of the hospital and are cross-connected with a shut off valve.
  • In the event that one site fails, the cross-connect valve is opened and the patients and staff continue working as normal.

A couple of reasons why you should consider incorporating redundant bulk oxygen into the emergency plan of your campus’ infrastructure:

  • By incorporating redundant bulk oxygen, you avoid the risk of relying on outside resources that would need to be brought in in the case of an emergency.
  • It saves the hospital valuable time, money and energy by allowing the hospital staff to focus on the patients rather than work through an action plan to provide oxygen in critical areas.

Now that you’ve had a chance to catch your breath, take a moment to digest this information and perhaps do a little more research before committing to this trending new system. You will quickly learn whether redundant bulk oxygen is the right choice for you and your healthcare facilities and operations team. 

Topics: Health Care, Mechanical, MEP, Innovative Solutions, Bulk Oxygen


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