16 July 2007

Luxfer Excursion™ cylinders help Medical Gas Solutions win National Health Service contract

NOTTINGHAM, England (July 16, 2007) - Medical Gas Solutions have recently been awarded a Department of Health contract to supply National Health Service Trusts with the revolutionary MPU multi-patient oxygen delivery system, which incorporates Luxfer's 300-bar ExcursionTM cylinders, part of the Luxfer Medical product range.

Extended-capacity MPU systems have proven to be a major breakthrough in helping emergency services deal with the aftermath of major incidents by providing a sustained supply of oxygen for up to 48 casualties from one unit that delivers 8 litres per minute for up to half an hour.

Originally developed for use after a chemical or biological attack, the MPU series is now being reviewed for use as an emergency standby oxygen supply for main hospitals, temporary hospitals and emergency treatment centres.

Weighing approximately 80kg when all cylinders are full, MPU units have been ergonomically developed to include user-friendly control panels mounted on a purpose-built trolley capable of holding four 10-litre cylinders producing up to 13,600 litres of medical oxygen.

Additional features include simple, low-level monitoring and automatic changeover from empty to full cylinders without interrupting the oxygen supply to casualties. Empty cylinders can be easily changed while the system automatically switches back to the �duty� cylinders. Standby trolleys are also available carrying four spare cylinders. For optimum safety in transit, units can be clamped securely to the vehicle floor.

Vicky Butler, Luxfer's medical marketing manager, said: �We have been working closely alongside Medical Gas Solutions to help provide a viable, lightweight cylinder capable of delivering optimum capacities of oxygen to frontline crews. The Luxfer Medical Excursion range proved to be the ideal solution.�

The MPU was the first system to combine all the benefits of lightweight, carbon-wrapped, high-pressure cylinders into a system capable of supplying medical oxygen through a series of hoses and multi-flow therapy heads.

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