In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, innovation continues to revolutionise how medical treatments are delivered. One innovation transforming the respiratory care landscape is portable oxygen cylinders.

Medical oxygen is a crucial element in treatments and is especially vital in providing relief and support to patients with respiratory illnesses. Therefore, the weight and ease of handling of oxygen cylinders are of utmost importance across the healthcare and homecare industry. Portable oxygen cylinders have radically changed how oxygen therapy can be delivered, benefiting prescribers, patients, and providers alike.

This blog post will delve deeper into the significant advantages of lightweight and portable cylinders in healthcare settings.


What Are Portable Oxygen Cylinders?

Portable oxygen cylinders are compact, lightweight cylinders that store and deliver medical oxygen. They are compatible with various medical devices, including respirators, and are particularly beneficial for patients who require supplemental oxygen at home or while travelling. Medical oxygen is used to aid in the treatment of respiratory diseases and is essential in supporting surgical procedures and recovery.

Portable cylinders are available in a range of sizes. Currently, most providers will class their 1L or 2L Type 2 aluminium cylinders as ‘portable’ – but larger 3L cylinders can also fit into this category. For 3L cylinders to be classed as portable, they need to be Type 3 carbon composite cylinders, which are significantly lighter than equivalent Type 2 cylinders. 

These cylinders are designed to offer a convenient and flexible portable solution for patients needing oxygen therapy. They can maintain patients’ necessary oxygen support, even outside the home. With this mobile solution, patients can engage in daily activities, travel, and experience an improved quality of life. 

Providers and prescribers also benefit; with the enhanced flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and stronger patient relationships the portable cylinders can bring, they can deliver the best possible care. 

Portable Oxygen Cylinders – Benefits for Prescribers

Lightweight oxygen cylinders offer several advantages for prescribers. Their lightweight design significantly reduces load costs and facilitates easy transportation between healthcare facilities and settings. This ease of movement ensures that oxygen therapy can be promptly provided wherever needed, optimising patient care. The handling advantages also help to simplify oxygen administration in high-pressure environments and medical emergencies.

Moreover, portable oxygen tanks that provide higher pressures (e.g. 300 bar) require less frequent refilling, reducing the number of cylinders needed and streamlining service delivery. Prescribers can allocate their resources more efficiently, resulting in cost savings and improved operational efficiency.

Benefits for Providers

Providers of gas cylinders for the healthcare industry find significant value in portable oxygen tanks. The lightweight design enhances manageability, transportability, and usability. These cylinders meet the demands of prescribers and healthcare professionals seeking efficient ways to improve patient care. Healthcare providers can swiftly respond to emergencies and administer oxygen therapy without unnecessary delays. 

Furthermore, reducing the need for frequent refills lowers the logistical challenges and costs associated with replenishing oxygen supplies. This saves time and money over the long term and allows providers to allocate their resources more effectively. Portable oxygen cylinders fulfil the requirements of providers’ core customer base, offering both commercial and financial opportunities. 

Benefits for Patients

Patients who rely on medical oxygen greatly benefit from lighter oxygen cylinders. For individuals with respiratory illnesses such as COPD, asthma, or lung disease, oxygen therapy is essential for their daily functioning. The lighter weight of portable oxygen cylinders makes a significant difference in their lives, especially for the elderly, frail, or those living alone. 

Patients no longer need to be confined to the home, as the cylinders are easier to carry and occupy less space, granting patients the freedom to take their oxygen wherever they go without relying on constant assistance from others. This independence enables them to travel more freely and live fuller lives without worrying about running out of oxygen. Therefore, portable oxygen cylinders can significantly improve overall well-being, mental health, and sense of normalcy.

The Power of Portability

The power of portability cannot be underestimated when it comes to the benefits of portable oxygen cylinders. Lightweight and easily transportable, these cylinders bring patients convenience, independence, and improved quality of life. They enable patients to continue their oxygen therapy outside healthcare facilities, fostering mobility and social engagement.

Simultaneously, lighter oxygen cylinders facilitate seamless healthcare operations for prescribers and offer practical advantages for providers. With the advancements in cylinder technology, such as the development of Type 3 cylinders, the benefits of portable oxygen cylinders continue to enhance the lives of those who depend on oxygen therapy.

Portable Oxygen Cylinders from AMS Composite Cylinders

AMS Composite Cylinders supplies a full range of advanced, state-of-the-art lightweight portable oxygen cylinders, including 3L Type 3 cylinders – backed up by extensive and world-leading research and development teams.

Supplying to customers across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America – providing industry-leading quality, reliable service, and short lead times. 

AMS Composite Cylinders produces cylinders to a wide range of recognised global standards and holds accreditations in all major markets worldwide. Manufacturing cylinders to ISO and EN standards (Including ISO-11119-1, ISO 11119-2, EN 12257, EN12257, EN12245, ISO 7866, ISO 11118) and requirements of ISO 9001, UN PED/TPED, DOT (USA) and TC (CANADA). AMS Composite Cylinders hold Rho ρ marking for the UK.

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