Making Oxygen Use Safer for Hospitals and Patients

Making Oxygen Use Safer for Hospitals and Patients

Between December 2004 and June 2009, the National Patient Safety Agency received 281 incidents related to the use of oxygen in hospitals. It was found that poor oxygen management caused 9 patient deaths and contributed to 35 additional patient deaths.

Some of the reported incidents include unmonitored patients, abnormal oxygen saturation levels; patients connected to medical compressed air instead of oxygen, and empty oxygen cylinders.

MIJA’s Critical Alert for Oxygen could have prevented two of the most reported incidents: unmonitored patients and empty oxygen cylinders. Critical Alert provides both an audible and visual LED notifications when oxygen levels are low; this makes it easy for both patients and health care providers to take action.

MIJA’s mission is to significantly lower the rate of unmonitored or empty oxygen cylinders as a cause of death.  No one should die just because they simply ran out of oxygen unknowingly. With this new medical technology, we can prevent situations like this from happening in the future. Instant notification is no long a nice to have, it is a must have.

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