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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JJW939
Announcement of an Exempt Purchase
Award Info Published Monday August 19, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: Messer LLC, Bridgewater, NJ
Amount: An estimated $1,125,000
An estimated start date of 8/16/2019 through 6/30/2024
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, August 19, 2019
The University awarded a contract for medical grade gases.
Messer LLC, offers medical grade gases, such oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitogen and nitrous oxide. These gases are using during surgical procedures or standard medical care of the patients in house or in clinics. Oxygen treatment is used in hospitals as well as in an ambulance in order to manage emergency situations. The oxygen enriched gas for use for people who require medical oxygen due to low levels of oxygen in their blood. Carbon dioxide is used as an insufflation gas and as a cryotherapy agent. Carbon dioxide is commonly used as an insufflation gas for minimal invasive surgery (laparoscopy, endoscopy, and arthroscopy) to enlarge and stabilize body cavities to provide better visibility of the surgical area. Nitrogen (Medical Liquid Nitrogen) is a medical gas used for cryosurgery removal of some cancers and skin lesions, and also for the storage of tissues, cells, and blood in cryogenic temperatures to avoid oxidation of the samples. It can also be used as part of the medical gas mixture for lung function tests. Nitrous oxide and oxygen is an effective analgesic for the relief of procedural pain and can safely be used by nurses working in a range of settings.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) Messer LLC medical gases have to do with direct patient care. Without access to these specific supplies the hospital would not be able to offer patient care, which in turn would drive patients elsewhere with a loss in revenue to the hospital to the hospital.

For additional information, contact:
Jeffrey Walsh
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 355-3568
FAX: (312) 996-3135

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