Life Saving Cylinders

One of the mechanical stuff inside the hospital that, for me, is very important are medical gas cylinders.

Gas cylinders are tube-like bottles that are pressurized which contain and store gasses that are of high atmospheric pressure. Some of these gases are oxygen and nitrogen.

In a hospital setting, most of the gas cylinders contain oxygen. Oxygen, from the most basic knowledge in science, is one of the most important and vital gasses a human needs to survive. Perhaps the reason why oxygen gas cylinders are usually employed and attached to patients who suffer from difficulty breathing, inability to breathe properly and or on patients who complain of pain while breathing. Gas oxygen cylinders incomparably help almost, but not, all patients to recover and survive from any diseases. On the other hand, nitrous oxide gas, a sweet gas as it is called because in a room temperature it does have a sweet odor, is commonly used in any surgical procedures. It is used as an analgesic and as an anesthesia. It also has a powerful oxidizing effects that is basically the same as to oxygen especially when used on areas that has high temperature.

Talking about hospital mechanical apparatus reminds me of the youngest brother of my grandfather, my mom’s father. He was suffering from an idiopathic disease that even put him to death in more or less twenty-four hours. I was present there, in front of him, while all of the medical team were circling him while trying to revive him after consecutive 5-minute interval cardiac arrest within 20 minutes. That was really a very sad experience inside the intensive care unit of the hospital where most of the mechanical ventilatory apparatus are present, not to mention the above mentioned oxygen gas cylinders. However, there were no nitrous oxide cartridges  attached to my grandfather because he didn’t underwent any surgical procedures anymore.

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