Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem maintains one of the largest respiratory care units in Israel, with over 120 patients of all ages on ventilators as well as many others requiring supplemental oxygen. The mean flow of oxygen is over 50 M3/h of O2. Needless to say with those numbers of patients dependent on a continuous supply of oxygen and air, the reliability of the system is of cardinal importance.
About 4 years ago we decided to install an oxygen generation system to cope with the ongoing needs of the hospital. After researching the market we decided to purchase two generators. These were delivered and installed without any problems and came on line, literally with a flick of a switch. Since then they have been operating continuously at maximum flow and each has accumulated over 8000 hours per year (in other words full time duty cycle) without any down time. This is, to put it simply, an excellent record. Maintenance has been minimum and according to the factory recommended procedures, requiring on an average of no more than10 minutes of technician’s time daily and with preventive maintenance according to the manufacturer’s schedule. Now, after more than 30,000 hours of continuous operation by each of the generators we are completely confident in the ability of the generators to meet the needs of the hospital and all the patients without any hesitation.
Yehezkel Caine M.D.
Herzog Hospital – Israel