medical oxygen cylinders

COVID-19 prompted the development of new technologies to assist in oxygen therapy for the millions with respiratory-related illness. In response, Luxfer Gas Cylinders launched its first Non-Limited Life (NLL) medical cylinders to support the healthcare industry. These oxygen cylinders help patients affected by conditions that make breathing difficult, including coronavirus, but also Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which affects 65 million people globally and results in over 3 million deaths worldwide each year.

As a direct result of supply related to COVID-19 in early 2020, Luxfer experienced a spike of 8% of its annual medical orders, from its existing product range. Mark Lawday, a Director at Luxfer Gas Cylinders, said: “As people begin to recover from COVID-19 at home, particularly those who have underlying health conditions that affect their breathing, they may need home oxygen therapy and that will be something we could see as the pandemic plays out. While we can’t say for certain how big an impact this virus will have on home-use portable oxygen delivery systems, it’s clear that technology has a role to play, and products that deliver safe, high performance, durable, cost effective, patient-centric solutions, will be highly prized.”

“We’re proud to be one of the world’s most trusted producers of medical oxygen cylinders, and pleased to offer the healthcare industry an innovative, non-limited life medical cylinder which will optimize performance, durability and reliability in proven Luxfer lightweight design.”

Oxygen cylinder with extended lifespan

Luxfer Gas Cylinders, a business unit of Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE:LXFR) and the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminum cylinders, already has more than 15 million of its medical cylinders in use worldwide. The new Luxfer 1.0 litre NLL carbon composite medical cylinder is its first product offering with a lifespan beyond the typical 15-year and 20-year oxygen cylinder offerings available today. The product is destined for medical institutions and will go into the hands of healthcare professionals who can help patients who need oxygen therapy on the move.

Mark Lawday added: “This latest innovation, based on decades of cylinder technology development and market leadership, is primed to be at the heart of emergency response situations, medical procedures and life-saving activities for today and in the years to come. With a global aging population, and increasing prevalence of respiratory diseases that affect breathing, this kind of technology is crucial.”

Luxfer’s NLL medical cylinder adds to its existing medical oxygen cylinder family, which includes several carbon composite and aluminum products with variations in size, capacity and service life. As with other Luxfer carbon composite medical cylinders, this latest NLL cylinder uses Luxfer’s proprietary L6X® aluminum alloy as an inner liner reinforced with an aerospace-grade carbon fibre wrap. The result is an ultra-lightweight cylinder with improved levels of performance, durability, capacity and service life expectancy.

The cylinder will only be available in countries which approve NLL cylinders including those in Europe, certain parts of Asia and other Rest of World regions.