Oxygen therapy at home, and in particular solutions that give the patient greater mobility, has very high priority in the Linde Healthcare development programme. Our objective is to provide quality of life, safety and simplicity for patients who are cared for at home.
We wish to develop the market for home medical care by focusing on therapeutic services that raise quality of life for these patients. Linde Healthcare offers safe complete solutions that cover everything from pharmaceutical gases to service and maintenance.
HomeLOX – Mobile system for liquid oxygen
The HomeLOX system includes a large stationary container that Linde Healthcare supplies to the patient's home and replaces regularly with a re-filled container. The container holds 20 or 30 litres of liquid oxygen, which is equivalent to 80 and 120 one-litre gas cylinders. The stationary container is supplemented by small portable lightweight containers filled from the home container. These can be carried on the shoulders or in a specially adapted rucksack and give the patient very substantial freedom of movement. Linde Healthcare provides three different portable lightweight containers: Stroller 1.2, Helios Plus 300 and Spirit 300.
LIV (Linde Integrated Valve) is an easy-to-use solution for oxygen therapy that improves safety for the patient. Gone is the need to connect flow selectors, change regulators and handle unregulated pressure, as well as the risk of leaks. The integrated regulator provides a continuous outlet pressure (4.5 bar) and a flow that is adapted to the treatment required.
The gas saver Horton's Demand is specially made for patients with cluster headache (Horton's headache). Horton's Demand ensures that 100% medical oxygen is inhaled but that the oxygen flow is stopped in exhalation. This saves gas compared with continuous flow. Horton's Demand also minimises the risk of oxygen accumulating for example in clothing or furniture, which improves safety.
The oxygen concentrator is the most common of all the systems used in home medical care. It is an electrical device that separates the oxygen from the ambient air. The principal benefits of the system are that it is economical, requires very little maintenance and continuously provides the patient with oxygen.
The concentrator weighs 15-25 kg and is stationary as it must be connected to an electrical power source to work. The oxygen concentrator is therefore almost always used in combination with some mobile system with oxygen in a cylinder.