ATLANTA, Georgia (September 30, 2006)—Luxfer Gas Cylinders showcased its new Voyage line of higher-capacity cylinders for ambulatory oxygen users at Medtrade 2006.

Made from Luxfer’s patented, higher-strength L7X aluminum alloy, Voyage cylinders provide patients much more oxygen than conventional all-metal cylinders. “Because L7X-alloy cylinders can be filled to 3,000 psi, they hold up to 50 percent more oxygen than conventional aluminum cylinders of the same size,” said Vicky Butler, Luxfer’s international medical marketing manager. “This increased capacity is important to oxygen patients, who gain a significant increase in ambulation time and need to change cylinders far less often. It also offers a major advantage for homecare providers, who save money on deliveries since fewer trips to patients’ homes are required in this era of ever-increasing fuel costs.”

Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT), when properly prescribed and maintained, is the only non-surgical therapy clinically proven to extend the lives of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and low blood-oxygen levels. In addition to prolonging life, LTOT improves the quality of life for many patients who use oxygen-dispensing units in homes and vehicles.

Widely used for more than 20 years in Europe, Luxfer L7X-alloy cylinders were first introduced in the United States at Medtrade in 2005.

Now in its 27th year, Medtrade is a highly successful international event that attracts thousands of medical professionals from across the globe and more than 850 exhibitors from the home healthcare market.