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Heliox is a mixture of 21-25% Oxygen in Helium. Helium is a rare, chemically and physiologically inert gas that is relatively insoluble in body fluids, more viscous and eight times less dense than oxygen. HELIOX is typically three times less dense than air and this property allows patients with respiratory conditions to breathe more freely reducing their work of breathing and improving their comfort.
It can be used to assist the flow of oxygen into the alveoli of patients with severe respiratory obstruction. Typical examples include:
- Chest infection
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Foreign body aspiration
- Post extubation or bronchoscopy