Shortage of liquid oxygen affecting dental visits
ORLANDO, Florida – Due to the high demand for liquid oxygen in hospitals, it makes it difficult for others, even at the dentist.
TO Dellagio dentistDr Kaianne Conibear had to reduce the use of liquid oxygen in her office, due to the shortage caused by an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients.
“I was a little surprised and the first time this happened was a little anxious because we had kids planned, and it’s harder to work on the kids without it.”
She says liquid oxygen is needed for nitrous oxide, which is used to calm patients during procedures. Some left without.
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“Other patients have gone through different sedation options or some of them just want to wait.”
The dentist‘s chair is not the only place affected by the shortage of liquid oxygen. Even rocket launches can be delayed.
“Liquid oxygen is used as an oxidizer for the various rocket fuels used for launches. It is used to make steel, it is used for welding and metal fabrication. It is used in the manufacture of glass, ”explains Richard Craig of the Compressed Gas Association.
He says its members have reduced the number of other users, making hospitals a priority.
“There is a significant increase in the demand for medical oxygen. It is three to five times the normal utilization rate, depending on the facility.”
According to a survey by the Florida Hospital Association this week, hospitals operating one-third of the state’s acute care beds report having 48 hours or less of oxygen on hand.
Craig says, “If they’re located near a supply plant, 48 hours is enough time to get this product to their facility. ”
However, the nationwide shortage of truck drivers is also a challenge, especially when they need to be specially trained.
Dr. Conibear understands the emergency for COVID patients in need.
“It’s like everything else with COVID, you ride with it and do what you have to do.”
Experts ask medical patients using liquid oxygen at home not to over-stock, so there is enough for everyone.
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