Mr. Blanco recognized Carburos Metálicos' collaboration with public institutions in extending health facilities & creating field hospitals such as Ifema (Madrid) & Valladolid, while maintaining medical oxygen supply to all facilities to which the company delivers gases.
May 8, 2020 - Already in the Air Products Express Service (APEX) U.S. fleet were three Mobile Medical Tank Trailer oxygen supply vehicles, able to move from location to location to quickly support a medical oxygen supply emergency or critical hospital upgrade. As COVID-19 began to change life’s normalcy in parts of the U.S. and specifically impact the Northeast Region and New York City, Air Products saw a greater potential need for medical oxygen support vehicles. Our Quality, Customer Engineering and Operations teams quickly got to work, and in early March, began converting six Portable Customer Station (PCS) Units—which typically deliver other industrial gases—to be able to provide emergency medical oxygen supply capability. The PCS units do not have a reserve oxygen tank, second vaporizer, medical manifolds, alarm settings, other infrastructure, nor the certifications required for hospital medical oxygen supply. But in less than one week, the teams made the needed infrastructure modifications, completed thorough testing and analysis, and received third-party certification—all making safe medical oxygen supply possible. Thinking differently and working ahead paid off. A converted PCS unit was used at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center temporary hospital (400-beds) in New York, playing a critical role until a larger and more permanent system could be put in place. Meanwhile, at the Javits Center pop-up hospital (New York), a Mobile Medical Tank Trailer has supported more than 1,000 patients already treated at the site. In all, Air Products now has eight PCS units which can be deployed to locations in need from their bases in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Osceola, Arkansas; Midlothian, Texas; and Galt and Long Beach, California. We all look forward to a time when these converted medical oxygen PCS units are no longer needed and can revert back to their traditional APEX roles.
May 12, 2020 - Responding to an all-too-familiar call, Air Products teams mobilized quickly to support a new 20-ton medical oxygen tank installation at a treatment hospital in Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland. Following essential quality, safety and engineering steps, the installation was completed in a very short time frame, ensuring supply of medical oxygen for patients.
April 22, 2020 - The Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow has been converted into a temporary hospital—NHS Louisa Jordan—to provide beds for critically ill patients in Scotland.
Our teams are proud to be working alongside more than 400 contractors and nearly 150 clinicians and operational staff to establish the new facility. It is expected that the site will be operational this month, initially with 300 beds with the possibility of holding more than 1,000 patients if required.
April 17, 2020 -In Queens, New York City, Air Products is playing a crucial role converting the U.S. Tennis Association's Billie Jean King (BJK) National Tennis Center to a temporary hospital. Air Products first sent two Portable Customer Station (PCS) mobile units—normally used to temporarily supply liquid argon, nitrogen or oxygen—to the site of the annual U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. Air Products had proactively converted several of its PCS fleet for the sole purpose of certified medical oxygen delivery as COVID-19 mounted.
Next, working around challenges including city access, physical site logistics, security, and with strict adherence to safety, larger oxygen tanks—a 9,000-gallon main oxygen tank/3,000-gallon reserve—were then installed, as well as piping and vaporizers. On April 13, the first oxygen delivery for the larger capacity system began providing critical oxygen supply for patients, and the PCS units are being deployed to a new location.
May 19, 2020 - During the COVID-19 health crisis, the Government of Kerala, India, asked Air Products' Kochi Industrial Gas complex for help with their emergency preparedness by ensuring a readiness of liquid oxygen should there be an increase in demand of medical oxygen from hospitals. In response, our Kochi team commissioned a liquid oxygen tank (Capacity - 50 m3 | 65 metric tonnes) along with transfer vessel and a transfer system sequence—all within a week. We are proud of our team for achieving this with utmost concern towards safety, speed and being an essential service provider to our community. We stand together.
April 17, 2020 - With a project completion timeframe reduced from one week to 72 hours, Air Products was able to install large-scale medical oxygen supply for an approximately 400-patient temporary hospital at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) in Florida. Within the tight time frame, which began in earnest on April 9, by April 12, Air Products was ready to put in place an 11,000-gallon medical oxygen tank, a 1,500-gallon reserve tank, as well as vaporizers and other infrastructure.
The 38,000-pound empty medical oxygen tank traveled 1,800 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Miami Beach, Florida, and per the project scope, the system received its first medical oxygen fill ready for patients. Supply chain management and project assistance included tank procurement, a third-party trucking firm and tandem driving team for transporting the tank; working with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to help expedite certain permissions from the various states; as well as all other site infrastructure essentials coming from multiple states for just-in-time arrival and installation in Miami.
Once a new concrete pad at MBCC to secure the tanks was confirmed to be safe for empty tank placement, and additional tests showed the pad was ready for the weight of full tanks—nearly 150,000 pounds—the first fill of the oxygen tanks took place on April 15. In a matter of days and over the holiday weekend, the Air Products team, together with outside resources, worked to meet this critical need safely and on time—truly an exceptional team effort. Proud to serve a critical need at a critical time. Times like these remind us we're all in this together.
April 9, 2020 - As part of our efforts to help the National Health Service (UK), our teams have been working hard to get medical oxygen supplies installed at the next Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham.
April 9, 2020 - In the beginning of April, Air Products completed a medical oxygen hospital upgrade project at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, UK.
On a project that would normally take approximately six weeks, the team planned and executed the work in less than a week, securing improved flow rates and additional medical oxygen capacity. The oxygen supply had to remain online at all times, so some careful planning of how to tie in and complete safe isolations was needed.
Work began on site with the installation of 40 metres of pipework. After the installation of the first vaporiser, the necessary tests were completed, supply was switched over and the flow to the old one isolated. This process was then repeated for the second vaporiser. A new medical oxygen pressure control panel will give the hospital an additional 3,000 litres per minute of oxygen and the replaced vaporisers increase the heat transfer area from 52m2 to 195m2.
April 9, 2020 - Proud to have worked quickly and safely to install and commission a CryoEase® tank in record time, providing needed oxygen supply to an elder-care residential care facility in Melun, France.