Airgas Healthcare, announced that its INTELLI-OX™ portable medical oxygen cylinder has received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on direct feedback from hospital representatives who interacted with the INTELLI-OX oxygen cylinder at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in Denver. This is the first U.S. award received for the INTELLI-OX design.

The INTELLI-OX integrated medical oxygen cylinder features an advanced digital gauge to clearly and easily show the remaining time left at a given flow rate. It includes an integrated valve and regulator assembly, lightweight aluminum cylinder as well as visual and audible alerts when the cylinder is nearly empty and needs to be replaced. Measurements are provided in volume, pressure and time increments, simplifying readouts and eliminating guesswork for care providers.

Christophe Tardieu, Airgas Senior Vice President of Healthcare, Life Sciences and Specialty Gases, commented: “We’re proud to be recognized by Vizient for our innovative INTELLI-OX cylinder design. In addition to its proven reliability, our INTELLI-OX cylinders optimize the use of each cylinder to reduce turnover frequency.”

Debbie Archer, director of procurement and Vizient Innovative Technology Program leader, said: “Based on feedback from attendees at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange, it was determined INTELLI-OX should be recognized with an Innovative Technology designation. This designation will be noted in our online member contract catalog. Congratulations to Airgas Healthcare on receiving this status.”