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1. WO2020117836 - GAS SENSOR MODULE

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A removable gas sensor module for a therapeutic gas delivery device, the gas sensor module comprising:

a sample chamber operable to receive a sample gas from the therapeutic gas delivery device; and

a gas detection unit comprising a plurality of sensors operable to measure at least one property of the sample gas, wherein the plurality of sensors include two or more of a gas detection sensor, a humidity sensor, a temperature sensor, or a combination thereof,

wherein the gas sensor module is self-contained within the therapeutic gas delivery device and swappable with another gas sensor module.

2. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein replacement of the gas sensor module results in less than 5 minutes of down time of the measurement of at least one property of the sample gas.

3. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein replacement of the gas sensor module results in no down time in delivery of therapeutic gas from the therapeutic gas delivery device.

4. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the gas detection sensor is one or more of an NO sensor, an NO2 sensor, an O2 sensor, or combinations thereof.

5. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the gas detection unit comprises at least two gas detection sensors.

6. The gas sensor module of claim 4, wherein the gas detection unit comprises an NO sensor and an N02 sensor.

7. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the gas detection unit comprises two or more different sensors.

8. The gas sensor module of claim 6, wherein the gas detection unit comprises one or more gas detection sensors and a humidity sensor.

9. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the at least one property of the sample gas is one or more of a concentration of NO, a concentration of NO2, a concentration of O2, humidity, temperature, or a combination thereof.

10. The gas sensor module of claim 1 further comprising a sensing circuit operable to detect and report the at least one property of the sample gas to a gas analyzer controller in the therapeutic gas delivery device.

11. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the therapeutic gas delivery device is continuously operable when the gas sensor module is replaced.

12. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the sample chamber comprises an inner housing and an outer housing.

13. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the gas detection unit is operable to electronically store or send to the therapeutic gas delivery device serial numbers, calibration data, and/or usage information of the gas sensor module.

14. The gas sensor module of claim 1, wherein the gas sensor module is pre-calibrated and shelf stable for at least 1 month.

15. The gas sensor module of claim 13, wherein the gas sensor module is shelf stable for at least 3 months.

16. A gas sensor assembly comprising:

the gas sensor module of any one of claims 1-15;

an assembly inner housing operable to removably receive the gas sensor module; and a gas analyzer unit comprising:

a sample tube fluidly connected to the gas delivery device and the gas sensor module operable to receive the sample gas; and

a pump connected to the gas sensor module through the sample tube, wherein the pump is operable to pump the sample gas through the gas sensor module.

17. The gas sensor assembly of claim 16, wherein the gas analyzer unit further comprises a gas analyzer controller.

18. The gas sensor assembly of claim 16, wherein the gas analyzer unit further comprises an assembly main housing operable to receive the assembly inner housing, wherein the assembly main housing is within the therapeutic gas delivery device.

19. The gas sensor assembly of claim 16, wherein at least a portion of the sample tube is a Nafion tube.

20. An apparatus comprising:

a voltage source; and

the gas sensor module of any one of claims 1-15, wherein the voltage source provides an electrical potential across the plurality of sensors in the gas detection unit to maintain calibration of the plurality of sensors when the gas sensor module is in a non-installed configuration.

21. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the voltage source is a battery or a power transformer.

22. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the voltage source ceases to provide electrical potential across the plurality of sensors when the gas sensor module is installed within the therapeutic gas delivery device.

23. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein the current source is internal to the gas sensor module.

24. A method for providing a gas sensor module comprising:

calibrating the plurality of sensors in the gas sensor module of any one of claims 1-15; and

providing electrical potential across the plurality of sensors to maintain the calibration of the plurality of sensors.