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Breathe Easy With These Specialty Gas Mixtures

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The medical industry relies heavily on high-purity specialty gases with a purity of 99.99% for various applications ranging from anesthesia to MRI machines. High-purity gases are a must in the industry, especially when they are being inhaled. Patients can breathe easy with medical-grade specialty gases for respiratory therapy from our PurityPlus certified lab.

Heliox Specialty Gas Mixture

Composed of between 70 and 80 percent Helium and the remaining 20 to 30 percent Oxygen, Heliox is a medical-grade specialty gas mixture that alleviates respiratory distress and decreases the work of breathing. Used for over 50 years in the medical industry, Heliox is three times less dense than air. Because of this, the molecules are able to diffuse in the lungs four times faster than Oxygen. Helium is the perfect gas to mix with Oxygen because it is non-reactive with body tissue and insoluble in body fluids.

Heliox treatments are commonly used for the following illnesses: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiolitis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and upper airway obstruction. By reducing resistance to air flow when breathing becomes turbulent, patients can breathe more easily. This treatment is often a temporary option that buys time prior to more intensive treatments if needed. During non-invasive high flow therapy, the gas is administered either through a face mask or nasal cannula. During ear, nose and throat surgeries, Heliox is used for invasive mechanical ventilation (tracheal intubation) to help the patient breathe while they are under anesthesia, as well as a post-operative airway management solution.

Neonatal and pediatric intensive care units also use Heliox for premature babies and infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia to support their breathing, so they won’t experience muscle fatigue. It is one of four specialty gases used for this purpose, including Nitric Oxide, Hypoxic Gas and Carbon Dioxide.

heliox for breathing

Specialty Gases for Lung Diffusion

Similar to Heliox, lung diffusion mixtures are another type of medical-grade gas used for pulmonary functions, made up of various combinations of the following: Oxygen, Helium, Balance Nitrogen, and less than one percent of Carbon Monoxide, Methane, Acetylene or Neon.

Lung diffusion is a test that allows doctors to examine how the lungs are taking in air. The test involves breathing through a mouthpiece while the nostrils are closed with clips and inhaling the gas mixture. The exhaled air is collected to be analyzed later. The Carbon Monoxide is used as a tracer gas to test how the lungs are able to diffuse gases. Despite the minuscule amount of Carbon Monoxide, lung diffusion tests are a safe procedure. Abnormal test results may determine that the patient has asthma, emphysema, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, problems with arterial blood flow or hemorrhaging in the lungs.

The Rocky Mountain Region’s Specialty Gas Provider

Rocky Mountain Air Solutions is a certified distributor of PurityPlus specialty gases. Our Salt Lake City fill plant is a certified PurityPlus lab that distributes specialty gases across the Rocky Mountain region. After a sophisticated testing and certification process, PurityPlus specialty gases ensure that there are no contaminates or undesirable characteristics in any of the gases you purchase, which is especially important in the realm of medical-grade gases. With these medical-grade specialty gases, we service research labs, pharmaceutical services and hospitals.

Our partnership with PurityPlus certifies that we are selling the highest grade product, and that these products will be delivered whenever you need them. This partnership aligns directly with RMA’s promise to deliver flawless dependability to each of our customers. Contact your local branch in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska or Utah to learn more about PurityPlus specialty gases, or to order a certified medical-grade mixture today. We look forward to serving you.

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