Statement from CAIRE President and CEO Earl Lawson on the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 24, 2020

For more than 50 years, CAIRE Inc. oxygen solutions have been on the front lines of serving the global healthcare community – its top-tier health systems and medical institutions, clinicians, home care and durable medical equipment providers, the military and global aid nonprofits – all to provide the support required to care for patients who require life-sustaining or the therapeutic benefits of oxygen therapy.

Today, we find ourselves playing a key role in fighting the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on the world stage as it moves at a rapid pace touching the fabric of life in almost every country across the globe.

Rest assured, the entire CAIRE team is “all-in” in meeting this challenge to provide its customers with a broad portfolio of equipment that can serve patients in need in hospitals, temporary treatment centers, in long-term care and even at home.

Here is how we are bringing our experience to the task at hand.

Providing access to oxygen delivery solutions for the critically ill


CAIRE offers a complete continuum of care of oxygen equipment solutions from the wearable portable oxygen concentrator designed for the individual suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to the commercial turnkey on-site oxygen generation system supporting the variable needs of a medical facility.

As the COVID-19 virus has spread in recent weeks, we have seen a dramatic increase in demand for stationary oxygen concentrators, liquid oxygen vessels and commercial generators from our customers globally – particularly from those who are providing emergency aid in pandemic hot zones.

Administering highly-concentrated oxygen therapy, delivered via a nasal cannula to an infected person, is one of the key supportive medical therapies identified by the World Health Organization to bring relief and healing to individuals whose respiratory function has been severely impacted by the virus. While most people with COVID-19 develop only mild or uncomplicated illness, approximately 14 percent develop severe disease that requires hospitalization and oxygen support, and 5 percent require admission to an intensive care unit.1

Expanding production to support our healthcare partners


The company has responded quickly to meet the rapidly increasing demand for its oxygen therapy solutions. With a heightened level of focus and intensity, CAIRE has added production shifts, extended work hours and is expanding production lines to address the increased need for oxygen equipment in its manufacturing facilities in Ball Ground, GA, Buffalo, NY, and Chengdu, China. Appropriate resources are also being allocated at its service and distribution facilities in Anjo, Japan; Langenfeld, Germany; Padova, Italy; San Diego, CA; and Wokingham, UK.

CAIRE’s employees are in ongoing communication with our healthcare partners, our suppliers and local, state and government officials to ensure continuity of business and optimize access to our technologies. All of this work is being done with our ongoing commitment to provide products and service of the highest quality.

Protecting Our Employees


When early reports began to surface regarding the highly-contagious coronavirus in Asia, CAIRE took swift action at its Chengdu location to comply with safety and quarantine recommendations made by the Chinese government.

We learned valuable lessons in our China facility, that we have applied all around the globe to ensure continuity of supply of this critical equipment. Our decisive action enabled our production team in Chengdu to resume work in early February after a short down period, which is now making a difference in serving our European customers.

Following the increase of virus cases in the US and Europe, CAIRE leadership made the decision to send all non-production CAIRE employees based at all of our facilities to work remotely while continuing all core business operations; and the remainder of employees in these plants continue production, but with new safeguards to protect them from potential exposure to the virus. These safeguards include regular screening before entering the facilities, heightened hygiene and sanitization schedules within the facilities, and structured social distancing on the manufacturing floor and in common areas.

The situation is dynamic, and we are reacting to this new business environment in real-time. We are communicating at all levels of our business internally to rise to this unprecedented challenge, and externally to our suppliers and government leaders to ensure our essential manufacturing operations are not disrupted during this critical time.

On behalf of the entire CAIRE organization, we appreciate the higher calling that this moment in time brings to us as a company and to each of us individually. We are ready and equipped to serve like never before because YOUR CAIRE MATTERS!

Sincerely,

Earl Lawson Signature

Earl Lawson
CAIRE President and CEO

1Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when COVID-19 disease is suspected; WHO Interim Guidance; 13 March 2020

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