There are many well-known uses of dry ice, from preserving perishables during power loss to creating spooky party effects. A lesser-known but incredibly vital role for this product is supporting the medical industry. Greco Gas is proud to be a leading provider of high-quality dry ice for healthcare purposes.
What’s Medical Dry Ice?
Medical dry ice is made by liquefying and injecting carbon dioxide into a holding tank. From there, it’s frozen at a temperature of -109 degrees Fahrenheit and compressed into solid ice.
Dry ice doesn’t melt into a liquid when warming up, unlike regular ice. It converts into a gaseous form when heated, skipping the liquid phase.
Improving Healthcare Treatment And Response
Put simply, dry ice is a versatile tool that’s utilized throughout the medical industry value chain. Just like other industries, it’s used for transportation, storage, and cleaning purposes. That’s where the similarities end, though.
Trained medical professionals treat some ailments using dry ice. With the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic putting infectious diseases and emergency responses to them at the forefront of the public conversation, it’s become a top way to get vaccines to areas where reliable electricity access isn’t otherwise available.
Arguably the most common use for dry ice in the medical field is as a refrigerant tool. The dry ice temperature is negative 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit compared to regular ice, which is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less. The ability to keep items cold for extended periods makes it perfect for transporting sensitive body parts, blood, and organs from one medical facility to another.
Biomedical samples, body parts, organs, and blood must be kept cool for long periods. Power outages and other issues may cause the electricity to go out, putting these items at risk. Approved by the USDA, FDA, and EPA for contact with perishables, dry ice is a practical, cost-efficient way to store temperature-sensitive medical supplies and samples.
In healthcare settings, sanitation is paramount. Dry ice effectively cleans medical equipment without leaving behind chemical residues like other methods. It’s perfect for applications aiming to keep things clean while minimizing the cost and waste associated with chemical cleaning products.
Doctors utilize dry ice to treat warts and other exophytic outgrowths caused by the human papillomavirus. It’s combined with nitrogen to thermally destruct, or burn, the outgrowth and underlying tissue. A blister forms in the affected area, but it eventually sloughs off as the skin below heals.
The ability to keep temperature-sensitive vaccines cold for prolonged periods became a major talking point during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not all communities at home and abroad have electricity access, and some of them can be many hours’ or days’ transit from a healthcare facility. Distribution sites, as well, are sometimes set up in public areas where electricity isn’t within reach. Low weight and effective temperature of negative 109.3 degrees Fahrenheit make dry ice perfect for coronavirus vaccine preservation and distribution.
Trusted Medical Dry Ice Solutions
Technology and experience matter when it comes to managing temperature-critical medical products. As one of the leading medical dry ice manufacturers, Greco Gas can provide dry ice in various shapes.
- 3 millimeter, or 1/8-inch, diameter pellets
- 10 millimeter, or 3/8-inch, diameter pellets
- 16 millimeter, or 5/8-inch, diameter pellets
- Blocks (Contact us for availability)
- Slices (Contact us for availability)
Whether you need dry ice for medical and clinical laboratory shipments or treatment of ailments, Greco Gas has you covered. We deliver on time and at competitive prices. Entities that can benefit from our medical-grade dry ice solutions include:
- Primary Care Clinics
- Private Practices
- Pop-Up Clinics
- Trauma Centers
- Medical Schools
- Logistics Providers
- Air Ambulances
- Walk-In Clinics
- Emergency Response Teams
- Surgical Centers
- Research Centers
With no mechanical refrigeration on board, airlines must find ways to keep biomedical supplies cool during transit. Dry ice can be put into liners in storage areas or trolleys, helping preserve equipment on long-haul flights. This enables crews to respond if medical emergencies arise.
The Medical Dry Ice Suppliers Of Choice in Pennsylvania
Founded in 1941, Greco Gas is proud to be the trusted medical dry ice distributor throughout Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. We deliver medical-grade dry ice solutions tailored to your application.
Contact us to learn more about our medical dry ice solutions. We can help you determine the best type and amount of dry ice needed for your medical application.