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Home oxygen fires remain a global public health issue despite patient education, our new video: Effecting Change: Safer Home Oxygen Delivery explains.


Building on data collated in our latest study report, the video examines the prevalence and impact of home oxygen fires across the globe, and the measures that can be taken to reduce the risks.


In the US alone, it is estimated that between 100 and 150 patients die every year from fires involving home oxygen - almost double previous estimates. This is largely due to the high proportion of patients who fail to stop smoking. In fact, it is estimated that – despite warnings and education - up to 50 percent of home oxygen users continue to smoke, equating to at least 450,000 home oxygen users in the States.


The video contains footage from new experiments demonstrating how a lit end of a cigarette can result in a flash fire, putting lives at risk and increasing the chances of property damage. It also explains the effect of different oxygen concentrations on the speed and intensity of ignition.

There are, however, measures that can be taken to limit injuries and prevent patient deaths. The video provides an international comparison of home oxygen risk, delivering a stark contrast between the US death rate from home oxygen fires to figures from England.


It explains the measures that have contributed to the UK’s success, including collaboration between stakeholders as well as the mandatory fitting of working smoke alarms and, notably, oxygen firebreaks (thermal fuses).


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COVID-19: What BPR Medical is doing and how

Friday, 27 March 2020 10:34:37 Europe/London

Firstly, BPR Medical would like to express huge thanks to all NHS staff for their dedication and selflessness during these difficult times.

 

We extend this thanks to all our staff, who have demonstrated amazing determination and courage to meet the extraordinary demands being asked of us for oxygen equipment, while at the same time managing their personal concerns over the coronavirus.

 

Our supply chain partners have stood with us in solidarity with a willingness to do whatever is required to keep us supplied.

 

To you all….

 

THANK YOU

 

COVID-19: What BPR Medical is doing and how

 

Since 1990, BPR Medical has been designing and manufacturing devices in the respiratory and gas control field with the vision of supporting health services and improving patient lives across hospital, primary care, and community settings.

 

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, our mission has not changed, and we are working even harder to develop and supply crucial products to support the health service as it works to save lives at this challenging time.

 

How is BPR Medical supporting the health service during the pandemic?

 

Many of BPR Medical’s products are being used on the frontline in hospitals in the fight against COVID-19 in order to regulate oxygen and provide respiratory support to critically ill patients.

We are keen to do whatever we can to support the global effort and are working with our customers both in the UK and abroad to deliver vital products in a fair, ethical way.

 

How is BPR Medical handling orders at this time?

 

As hospitals deal with the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, including setting up additional wards and assessment areas, we have experienced increased demand for some products. These include high pressure oxygen regulators and other equipment that can support patients with impaired respiratory capacity.

 

We are doing everything we can to adjust our inventory to address that increased demand.

 

If you have other non-urgent orders, we will do our best to fulfil them, however please be aware that you may experience delays during this time.

 

Furthermore, if you anticipate any large orders of BPR products, please contact us as soon as possible to enable us to forecast demand and deliver promptly.

 

The team can be reached on 01623 628 281 / sales@bprmedical.com.

 

How is BPR Medical collaborating with innovators in the fight against COVID-19?

 

BPR Medical has the regulatory expertise and capability, the design and development teams, the project management disciplines, as well as the appropriate licences and certification, to help support innovators drive through new products to support the cause.

 

We are already involved in a number of workstreams set up by the Government to design and manufacture patient ventilators at scale (the Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System).

 

If you need support in the engineering and manufacture of a new product, please contact us so that we can explore ways in which we may be able to assist.

 

What is BPR Medical doing to protect its employees?

 

People working as part of the health and social care supply chain, such as medical device manufacturer employees, have been classified as key workers by the Government. We are therefore adhering strictly to official guidance with regard to day-to-day operations.

 

The safety and protection of all our employees remains our top priority and we have therefore implemented additional measures to safeguard their wellbeing as well as that of our customers and patients.

 

In addition to our usual stringent health and safety procedures, all hospital visits have been postponed, access to our facilities by external visitors has been restricted to essential visits only and, where possible, staff are working remotely.

 

The importance of regular handwashing and enhanced hygiene procedures is regularly emphasised and any employee displaying flu or cold symptoms, or who lives in a household where another person displays symptoms, is being asked to self-isolate to prevent the risk of further infection.

 

We are doing everything we can to protect our employees while ensuring we continue to provide the best possible support to health services and other customers at this time.

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The true death toll of home oxygen fires across the United States is likely to be higher than previous estimates by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), our new study - The prevalence and impact of home oxygen fires in the USA – has revealed.

 

The study examines media reports of home oxygen fire incidents in the US between December 2017 and August 2019. It identifies news reports on 311 separate home oxygen fires over a 20-month period. These incidents resulted in a total of 164 deaths, 71 serious injuries, and 119 minor injuries, which amounts to more than one death every four days.

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Home oxygen fire death toll in England falls dramatically

Monday, 25 February 2019 11:59:00 Europe/London

Home oxygen fires in England led to only one death between 2013 and 2017, our Freedom of Information request to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) has revealed.

We asked 212 CCGs in England how many incidents and fatalities involving home oxygen they had recorded for each year over the five-year period. Nearly three-quarters (73%) responded to the request, with only one fatality reported, in the Yorkshire and Humberside region in November 2013.

 

During this period a total of 63 non-fatal incidents were recorded. When the results are extrapolated to cover the full home oxygen patient population in England and Wales (81,000), the results would be 89 incidents and 1.4 deaths – a significantly lower rate than any previous study in the UK or elsewhere.

 

The data, published in our White Paper ‘Home Oxygen Fire Prevalence in England (2013-17)’, reveals that there are almost twenty times more home oxygen fatalities in the US - and ten times more in Japan - compared with England.

During the same five-year period in the US, the number of fatalities involving home oxygen fires, when adjusted to reflect the equivalent patient population, was 27. In Japan, it was 14.

 

The full White Paper report and infographic can be downloaded from www.firebreaks.info/uk

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BPR Medical supports local Academy's Boxing Day Brunch initiative

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 11:59:50 Europe/London

 As an alternative to corporate gifting, we have decided instead to make a significant donation to the Queen Elizabeth Academy in Mansfield. We sponsor the Philanthropist Award annually.

 Each boxing day the staff and students volunteer to provide a ‘Boxing Day Brunch’ for the homeless, elderly and less fortunate students of the school. For some, this is the only hot meal they receive and each child receives a christmas gift.

 It is entirely funded by donations of money, food and volunteer time. Last year, there were 145 people welcomed, the forecast this year is higher.

 We're sure you will agree this is a very worthy cause. https://www.queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk/events/event/boxing-day-brunch-2018/

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BPR Medical welcome RT Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 10:34:37 Europe/London

 BPR Medical was delighted to welcome RT Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP along with Sonya Ward MP 

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Extended service interval for Ultraflow Demand Valves

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:08:00 Europe/London

We have extended the service interval for Ultraflow Demand Valves from 4 years to 5 years and the intended life has increased from 8 years to 10 years. This applies to all devices manufactured from 18th June 2018, including those supplied as service exchange replacements. Read more here.

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US Veterans Administration mandates oxygen firebreaks

Friday, 11 May 2018 16:08:57 Europe/London

The United States Veterans Health Administration (VA) (https://www.va.gov/health/) has issued a Patient Safety Alert (https://www.patientsafety.va.gov/docs/alerts/INTERNET_AL18-01.pdf) mandating the use of thermal fuses (firebreaks) in all its home oxygen patient installations.

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BPR supports North East Cluster Headache event

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:00:14 Europe/London

Ian Buckle from BPR Medical was on hand to talk to cluster headache patients and carers at the OUCH (Organisation for the Understanding of Cluster Headache) North East & Cumbria Conference - on Sunday March 18.

 

 

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Procurement 4 Health Scotland 20th March 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018 16:52:57 Europe/London

BPR Medical are exhibiting! We're looking forward to seeing you at stand 7 opposite NHS Procurement, drop by the stand and meet the team!

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