Compressed Air in Medical Technology
Air as medicinal products - this is a vital reality in medical technology. Aer medicalis and/or medical compressed air is the technical terminology for replacing normal air. It is indispensable for the operation of ceiling supply units, in anaesthetic gas transmission systems, as air for respiratory systems for patients, for inspecting and drying medical products, in hyperbaric chambers and many other applications. Moreover, medical compressed air is utilised in laboratories, medical and dental surgeries, but also increasingly in the fitness and wellness area.
In order to guarantee absolute patient safety, the highest possible purity and reliability of their compressed air is only one part - medical respiratory air is also subjected to, as a medicinal product, the directives of the European Pharmacopoeia. In addition, depending on the application purpose, the guidelines in accordance with DIN 8573-1:2001 as well as DIN EN ISO 7396-1:2007 and DIN EN 12021 for respiratory air quality must be taken into account. With our many years of experience as a partner for clinics and companies in the field of medical technology, we can assist you with the processing and treatment for high-quality medical compressed air and complying with all relevant guidelines.
Applications in the medical industry
The artificial respiration of human beings demands the highest levels of sensitivity and awareness. Even minimal contamination of the respiratory air can significantly endanger the health of a patient. That is why medical respiratory air as a medicinal product is subjected to high requirements, which are also legal obligations. Seven crucial parameters are relevant for continuous quality assurance for respiratory air monitoring: Oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide content, as well as nitrous gases and water vapour content. Complete documentation of all measured values supports the quality management of the clinic and contributes to a high safety standard. This verification regarding compliance with the statutory specified limiting values for content and pollutants in the compressed air supports pharmacists in clinic facilities with their legally binding obligations from the European Pharmacopoeia. At the same time, they can rest assured that they supply patients in the best possible way, at any point in time, with respiratory air in its purest form.
Application in laboratories
In addition to utilisation in hospitals, compressed air is increasingly being used in laboratories. In order to exclude the danger of bacterial growth in these highly sensitive environments, compressed air must be absolutely germ-free and dry. Aseptic and dry conditions also protect against corrosion and deposits on high-quality laboratory facilities. In order to ensure concentrated work in laboratories, the devices and machinery used should be noise free - but also additionally usable as space-saving and mobile.
Compressed air is utilised in laboratories, among other things, for the following applications:
Automatic sampler: Suction of samples, compressed air supported injection
sterilisers: Heat-sensitive solutions or devices are sterilised under pressure in autoclaves -rheometer: Measuring device for determining the deformation and flow behaviour of matter. Compressed air is utilised here as the rheometer operates with air bearings
Gas chromatograph which are utilised as analysing methods for separation of mixtures in individual chemical compositions
Clinics and surgeries
A sterile environment is indispensable in medical areas such as clinics and surgeries. Compressed air must also be absolutely germ-free, oil-free and dry, so that the growth of micro-organisms is excluded.
Compressed air is utilised for the following applications in operating theatres and intensive care wards e.g. for:
Sucking up blood and wound secretion from operations by utilising a medical vacuum.
Compressed air for cooling when utilising lasers which e.g. are utilised for removing tattoos.
Volume flow rate measurement for nebulisation medicines at the hospital bed
In doctors and dentists surgeries: Drive units for surgical instruments and tools, such as e.g. Using drills or the blowing out patient´s mouths.
Wellness and fitness
So-called oxygen therapy is of immense importance for medical technology, but is also gaining additional importance for applications in the fitness and wellness areas. Small and cost-effective devices are particularly important for these markets. Small adsorbers adsorb nitrogen and enrich the air with oxygen to increase the oxygen concentration in the blood plasma of patients. A possible growth of bacteria must be counteracted with extremely dry air and the use of antibacterial copper.
In addition to the short-term use for ventilation (refer to respiratory air in the hospital), medical compressed air is also utilised within the framework of a long-term oxygen therapy when patients suffer from chronic oxygen deficiency, or also for increasing the general condition of older people.
In the field of fitness, compressed air supports e.g. the simulation of a high-altitude training for competitive athletes.
Acclimatisation to the lack of oxygen
Periods in vacuum cabins