Given the multi week length of the COVID19 response the HSE is installing extra utility equipment to provide additional resiliency/backup to their medical gas systems at hospitals across the country and would like to reach out to industry partners and request their assistance to identify unused/spare redundant pieces of equipment (as follows ) that can be released on loan in the next few weeks:
Please treat the request with urgency as the window to install extra equipment is very short given an inability to interfere with existing systems once in use assisting critical care patients. Many ask ‘How can we help’ : here is your chance please be creative in responding
- Oil Free Air Cooled Air Compressors suitable for Breathing Air Service with/without post compression treatment (dryer / filtration etc)
- Idle cryogenic oxygen vessels (even if leased from a supplier) with/without evaporators
- Idle cryogenic industrial gas (nitrogen/argon) vessels (even if leased from a supplier) with/without evaporators
- Spare/Idle cryogenic evaporators (any gaseous service)
- Non cryogenic oxygen generators (lab or production scale.
- Spare MCPs ( Oxygen or other Industrial gases)
Please consider duty/ standby configurations where for a short period (say 6 weeks) redundancy could be sacrificed. Please identify available plant, National HSE will be available to discuss release terms with respective plant managements but please do not let that be a barrier to communicating.
Respondents with offers/questions/suggestions should contact Edith Blennerhassett (ARUP) at firstname.lastname@example.org who is assisting the coordination of this system redundancy initiative. It is preferred that a utility lead (or equivalent ) for each site that receives this email /request also reply even if they are not able to contribute so a contact list can be developed to simplify follow up for future needs. Engineers with medical gases experience are also welcome to contact Edith if they are available to consult with an alliance of engineering firms formed to support the HSE at this challenging time for Ireland and the world.
For respondents in one corporate entity please forward it to all sites in your Ireland network. If you note a specific site that is missing from the appeal for whom you have a contact please forward it as appropriate.
This is an important request from the COVID Engineering Alliance* that is supporting the HSE with the re-configuration and expansion of their utility systems to address any increase in patient numbers requiring respiratory support over the coming weeks.