MediTrac® flexible medical gas piping is an ideal solution to adding additional oxygen or other medical gas outlets (including vacuum lines) quickly and safely to address the new demands on healthcare facilities, including temporary hospitals, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Description. MediTrac® is a pliable corrugated stainless-steel pipe with an external fire-retardant polyethylene cover. It is supplied on easy-to-handle disposable drums in long continuous lengths – and therefore can be quickly installed in new or renovated health care facilities from external supply tanks or manifold directly to the patient’s bedside.
Installation. Installers can unreel and pull the MediTrac® through the facility in long continuous lengths. When a change in direction is needed, the installer can simply bend the MediTrac® pipe by hand in a tight radius without any tooling. This allows much faster installation on site than copper, since far fewer joints are required along the length of the pipeline. The pipe is cut by hand with a wheeled pipe cutter and the end fittings are assembled on site quickly and simply with a spanner.
MediTrac® pipe is delivered to site with internal cleanliness for oxygen service and is supplied end capped and labelled as medical gas pipe, the end fittings are cleaned and degreased for oxygen service, and are packed and labelled as medical gas fittings. MediTrac® offers a number of economic and technical advantages over traditional copper pipework. Size range ½” thru 2″ (DN15 thru DN50).
Fittings. Connections of the MediTrac® pipe to valves and terminal units is completed by MediTrac® fitting that makes a reliable gas-tight metal to metal seal by flaring the end of the tube during assembly using only ordinary hand tools. There is no hot work or inert gas shielding, eliminating expensive purge gases – and because there is no brazing, there are no discoloured or heat-affected zones in the MediTrac® pipe. Different threads are available to suit local regulations and to avoid cross-connection. High pressure copper compression fittings and copper tails are also available.
MediTrac® medical gas pipeline systems, has been specially designed to conform to HTM 02 01 (UK specification for medical gas pipeline systems), and the corresponding European and International standard (BS EN ISO 7396-1:2016 + A1:2019). MediTrac® corrugated tube plus attached fittings can withstand a minimum of 30 minutes without leakage when fire tested at approximately 840ºC in comparison to copper brazed joints rated at up to 600ºC. MediTrac® can supply TÜV approval reports if required. If requested MediTrac® can also be manufactured and supplied listed to UL1365 and in full compliance with NFPA 99 (2018 edition).
Benefits. Typically, installation benefits include up to
- 55% reduction in total installed cost.
- 80 to 100% reduction in brazed joints.
- 70% fewer fittings.
- 5 times faster to install than traditional copper pipework.
MediTrac® has been installed in hospitals in Europe since 2005 and more recently within hospitals in North America and South Africa.
Summary. Designed to replace or work in conjunction with traditional copper piping, MediTrac® flexible gas piping revolutionises distribution of medical gases within healthcare facilities. MediTrac’s speed of installation and flexibility of use make it uniquely suitable to meet the current demands imposed on healthcare facilities reacting to the daunting challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the ability to quickly and safely pipe medical gases (oxygen, medical air, vacuum) in temporary healthcare units.