Medical Oxygen

Medical use, for therapeutic treatment in humans and animals

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Oxygen therapy, also known as supplemental oxygen, is the use of oxygen as a medical treatment, eg for low blood oxygen, carbon monoxide toxicity, cluster headaches, or to maintain enough oxygen while inhaled anaesthetics are given. Long term oxygen is often useful in people with chronically low oxygen such as from severe COPD or cystic fibrosis. Oxygen can be given in a number of ways, eg via nasal cannula, face mask, or inside a hyperbaric chamber.

High concentrations of oxygen can cause oxygen toxicity such as lung damage or result in respiratory failure in those who are predisposed. It can also dry out the nose and increase the risk of fires in those who smoke. The target oxygen saturation recommended depends on the condition being treated. In most conditions a saturation of 94-98% is recommended, while in those at risk of carbon dioxide retention saturations of 88-92% are preferred, and in those with carbon monoxide toxicity or cardiac arrest they should be as high as possible. Air is typically 21% oxygen by volume. Oxygen is required by people for proper cell metabolism.

Commonly used in medicine since 1917, oxygen is on the World Health Organization's Model List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.

Uses

Doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, anaesthetists, respiratory specialiusts, dermatologists, hospitals, day surgeries

Product Summary

Gas composition

  • Oxygen ≥99.5%

Impurities

Moisture < 67 ppm
Carbon monoxide < 5 ppm
Carbon dioxide < 300 ppm

Available sizes

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Size Product code Volume Weight (full)* Pressure Outlet connection Availability Cert. of Conformance
C 202172 0.57 m³ 6.76 kg 19,000 kPa PIN INDEX Fig. 2, 5 Australia wide Download
D 202110 1.9 m³ 16.5 kg 19,000 kPa PIN INDEX Fig. 2, 5 Australia wide Download
SE 202122 4.3 m³ 38.82 kg 17,600 kPa PIN INDEX Fig. 2, 5 Australia wide Download
SG 202150 10 m³ 73.98 kg 19,000 kPa PIN INDEX Fig 2, 5 Australia wide Download
6-pack 202506 60 m³ 598.89 kg 19,000 kPa PIN INDEX Fig 2, 5 Australia wide Download
12-pack 202512 120 m³ 1162.79 kg 19,000 kPa PIN INDEX Fig 2, 5 Australia wide Download
Additional Details

Physical & chemical properties

Appearance Odour Flammability
AppearanceColourless gas OdourOdourless FlammabilityNon flammable

UN number

1072

Hazard class

2.2/5.1

Hazard symbol (GHS)

  • Non-flammable non-toxic gas 2.2
  • Oxidising Agent 5.1

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