Oxygen (O₂) and inert gases are used widely in medical facilities and it is important to protect workers and patients from the risks associated with oxygen (O₂) enrichment and deficiency. By installing a fixed oxygen (O₂) monitor, or by wearing a personal alarm, staff can rest assured they are protected from these dangers.
Enriched oxygen (O₂) is used in: Intensive Care Unit’s (ICU), High Dependency Unit’s (HDU), accident and emergency and for treatment of conditions such as COVID-19 (CPAP ventilators) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). If oxygen (O₂) levels in the atmosphere breach 23.5% they pose a risk of hyperoxia on the human body which causes the central nervous system to shut down and it also presents an increased fire risk.
Inert gases such as: Nitrogen (N), Argon (Ar) and Liquid Nitrogen (LN₂) are used in medical research facilities and clinics for procedures such as the freezing of embryos and preservation of blood and tissues. When an inert gas leaks, it causes the level of oxygen (O₂) in an area to reduce, this is obviously a risk to human life.
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