COVER STORY: Medical gas specialist rewarded for its ‘outstanding response’

Awarded Healthcare Supplier of the Year 2021 at the 2021 Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards, SHJ Medical Gas Specialists was rewarded by the judges for its 50 years of service to the healthcare industry, and particularly its ‘outstanding response’ to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Against the backdrop of the challenges of the lockdown for many manufacturers, SHJ staff worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, as requests for designing, installing, and maintaining medical gas systems ‘skyrocketed’. The company said: “The pandemic also exposed significant flaws in oxygen management and pipeline systems. While hospitals were aware of VIE capacity and the amount of oxygen used over a period of time, there was no way to detect wards with a surplus of oxygen, or areas where oxygen was running low. We worked hard to resolve this issue and thus created FLO2, a state-of-the-art oxygen flow monitoring product which was highly commended at last year’s IHEEM Awards.”

SHJ says its response to COVID-19 not only exemplifies its commitment to installing and maintaining medical gas systems, but also demonstrates its desire to remain at the forefront of new technologies and innovation. SHJ’s inhouse Research & Development team is continuously striving to improve the healthcare industry using AI and IoT technologies. It said: “K’nect is the first and most advanced data portal in the medical gas industry. The portal is fully bespoke to each customer, and the encrypted data displayed is available 24 hours a day from any browser. Within K’nect, SHJ’s innovative Evolution technology has revolutionised the way hospitals monitor and react to medical gas alarms. Evolution offers a remote, multisite 24/7 monitoring and alert service to offer peace of mind to hospital estate teams.”

SHJ has further developed Empower and Emanate, which harness AI-driven techniques of medical gas plant control. Using real-time diagnostics, the products can ensure that medical gas plants are both safe and reliable, while also enhancing their productivity and efficiency. SHJ added: “Such technological advances in the NHS estate will enhance patient well-being and accelerate the delivery of a Net Zero NHS.” 

SHJ Medical Gas Specialists
Unit 4, Anglo Business Park
Asheridge Road
T: 01494 782168
E: info@shj.co.uk

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