Air Liquide is a major world player in home healthcare, an expert in chronic disease follow up at home, and a supplier of medical gases and hygiene products for hospitals. In over 35 countries, our 16,500 nurses, researchers, technicians, engineers, doctors and data scientists engage in making care pathway and treatments more efficient to help the patients live better with their disease.
Air Liquide is one of the world leaders in this business sector, which is subject to both stringent regulatory requirements as well as to multiple stakeholders (patients, doctors and payers). The business line provides products and services in four areas:
Medical gases: Air Liquide provides gases to 15,000 hospitals and clinics
Home healthcare: Air Liquide cares for more than 1.7 million patients in their homes suffering from chronic diseases
Hygiene with its subsidiary Schülke, a leader in hospital disinfection
Healthcare specialty ingredients through its subsidiary Seppic
The Healthcare activity, in particular Medical Gases, mainly relies on the gas production capacities of Large Industries and develops its own distribution logistics. Medical gases have a drug designation status which requires market authorization from the country’s health authorities. They are subject to specific pharmaceutical traceability and are supplied in gas or liquid form by qualified personnel. The integration of the Industrial and Healthcare activities has led to synergies and industrial efficiency.Over the last 20 years, Air Liquide strengthened a leading healthcare role in Western Europe, Canada and Australia. The Group also has businesses in the United States (medical gases only), South America and certain Asian, African and Eastern European countries. It continues to grow in all regions, in particular according to the expansion of healthcare systems. As a result, approximately 71% of the Healthcare business line’s sales are in Europe and around 22% in the Americas.
Throughout the patient’s hospital stay, from the emergency room to the operating theater and the intensive care unit, our medical gases and related services are used in treatment, pain relief, anaesthesia, and to improve cardio-respiratory functions during acute episodes.