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Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., July 2, 2008 – LifeGas, an affiliate of The Linde Group, has agreed to become the exclusive U.S. distributor of BPR Medical Ltd’s innovative FireSafe™ Cannula Valve – a fire-arresting device that fits into standard oxygen cannula tubing to protect patients in all healthcare settings from the risk of oxygen fires.
The FireSafe™ Cannula Valve seals off and stops oxygen fires before they reach the source. This has the potential to limit patient injuries, improve the probability of their survival and limit the structural damage caused by fire.
“In the U.S., over 1,000 oxygen fires occur each year, causing patient injury and often, sadly, death. Fires that are closer to patients are more likely to be fatal. The lightweight and disposable FireSafe Cannula Valve sits close to the patient’s face. This stops the fire early and fast, meaning patients are less likely to suffer fatal injury from oxygen in the supply tubing,” said Mark Sanda, LifeGas product manager for the FireSafe Cannula Valve.
“LifeGas is committed to keeping patients healthy and safe. It has been mandatory in the UK since 2006 to install these devices in all patient home oxygen supply systems. While there is no such requirement yet in the U.S., the FireSafe Cannula Valve provides healthcare providers with a cost-effective solution to lower the risk of serious patient injury in dangerous oxygen fires,” Sanda said.
Richard Radford, managing director, BPR Medical Ltd., said, “We believe LifeGas is the ideal partner to bring the benefits of the FireSafe™ Cannula Valve to the United States. LifeGas continues to demonstrate that the health and safety of patients is of paramount importance to them – mirroring the philosophy here at BPR Medical. LifeGas’ eagerness to adopt new products like the FireSafe Cannula Valve is testament to that.”
Learn more and see a demonstration of the product at www.lifegas.com
BPR Medical Ltd is a provider of medical gas control equipment, including the Carnét brand - a market leading portfolio of precision instruments for the respiratory and anesthetic markets. Through individual and corporate expertise, care and professionalism BPR Medical are committed to the design, manufacture and delivery of absolute best product solutions - combining higher customer value with enhanced patient safety and lower life cycle costs.
LifeGas is the U.S. medical gases business of The Linde Group. The company specializes in providing premier medical gases and gas-enabled solutions to hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, emergency management services and home healthcare providers with service to over 1,000 hospitals and home care providers.
The Linde Group has more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2007 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.3 billion (USD 18.7 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based and sustainable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.
Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.