U.S. Army Oxygen Generation System Development
ARMY MEDICAL DEPT WASHINGTON DC
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Oxygen is a huge logistical burden for the military in the deployed field medical environment. A single patient using only 3 liters of oxygen per minute will use the contents of a 150 pound oxygen cylinder each day. The oxygen cylinder is 145 pounds of steel and just 5 pounds of oxygen. It has been shown that 17 of combat casualties will require oxygen. This means that a 100 bed field hospital could theoretically need 2500 pounds of oxygen cylinders per day. Recognizing the enormous impact oxygen has on its logistical tail, the U.S. Army started a developmental project in 1985 to develop the capability to generate oxygen at the point of use. Since 2001 the U.S. Army, in partnership with several vendors from industry, has been heavily involved in the development of POC gaseous oxygen systems.
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