Thousands of patients who rely on oxygen to alleviate the symptoms of respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are killed or injured every year in fires that could have been extinguished by a simple firebreak. The Firesafe cannula valve, an inexpensive device that lasts for up to four years, is placed in the oxygen tubing or cannula. A built-in thermal valve stops the flow of oxygen in the event of fire spreading down the oxygen tubing.

Marketing authorisation for the bidirectional Firesafe™ cannula valve as a Class II device in Japan was achieved through a partnership with BPR Medical’s distributor in Japan, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.