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Things to Consider While Purchasing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Things to Consider While Purchasing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

If you are planning to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator, then you need to understand certain terminologies to make a better decision.

What is A Portable Oxygen Concentrator

A portable oxygen concentrator, (POC) is a small portable device which is used to provide oxygen therapy to a user at a much higher concentrations level than the levels of ambient air.

Why do I need Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) afflict some ten million people in USA. COPD is a pulmonary disease which obstructs flow of air to the lungs resulting in low levels of oxygen in the blood stream causing varied problems to patient’s overall health. The term COPD is applied to a family of diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and alpha 1-antitrypsin disease. Medical treatment can slow the progression of the disease but cannot cure it. Supplemental oxygen therapy is a good way of raising the laevel of oxygen in the blood stream for patients suffering from COPD.

What is the Pulse Mode in Portable Oxygen Concentrator

In Pulse Flow Mode, oxygen is released only during inhalation and constant flow of oxygen into the nostrils is eliminated. Pulse Mode greatly increases the use time of oxygen. Pulse Flow Mode has been proven very effective and reliable form of oxygen therapy in clinical testing. Since oxygen is not flowing constantly into the nostrils in this mode, many patients find Pulse Flow therapy very comfortable as humidity in the room helps maintain a normal level of moisture in the nasal cavity.

What is the Continuous Flow Mode

The Continuous Flow Mode in a portable oxygen concentrator is when oxygen is constantly flowing through the outlet of the device. In Continuous Flow Mode, the battery life of the concentrator is shorter and the portable concentrators with Continuous Mode option more heavier than the concentrators with only Pulse Flow Mode option.

What is All-in-One Portable Oxygen Concentrator

All-in-One Portable Oxygen Concentrator is a device that works on both Pulse Flow and Continuous Flow mode

Who needs Continuous Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Continuous Flow potable oxygen concentrators are heavier than the ones which work on only Pulse mode. Not everyone needs a portable oxygen concentrator with both Pulse and continuous mode capability. You may need a portable oxygen concentrator if you

            Connection to a CPAP or BiPAP is required

            Have tracheotomy

            Need high flow during Pulse mode (up to 9 L/minute on SEQUAL ECLIPSE 3)

            Mouth breathing or weak inhalation

Usually All-in-One portable oxygen concentrator is good for extended travel where patient needs to have oxygen for travel, rest, and sleep. So if you don’t need these capabilities in your oxygen concentrator then go for portable oxygen concentrator with pulse flow capability only. They are light weight and longer lasting battery capabilities.

What is The Liter Flow

Flow of oxygen through the portable oxygen concentrator is measured in volume of oxygen flowing in one minute. Unit of volume in this case is Liter.

Battery Life of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Always check life of the battery while shopping for a portable oxygen concentrator. Battery Life is amount of time the battery will discharge since it was charged while in use.

Car Charger for a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Capability to charge a portable oxygen concentrator through a cigarette lighter in your car is always welcomed. See if an option to charge, like DC Power Charger, is available.

Weight of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

The weight of portable oxygen concentrator may vary from 6lbs to 19 lbs. The portable concentrators with both Pulse and continuous capabilities are the heaviest. The lightest portable concentrator is Invacare’s XPO2 which is 6 lbs heavy and heaviest is SEQUAL ECLIPSE 3 weighing 19 lbs.

Is Portable Oxygen Concentrator is Approved for Air Travel

If you plan to travel by air then portable oxygen concentrators are for you.

What Kind of Warranty Portable Oxygen Concentrator Carries

An important thing to consider before purchasing a portable oxygen concentrator. The warranty varies from one year to three years for parts and labor.

Do I Need a Prescription to Buy a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Food and Drug Administration considers oxygen for medical therapy as drug which requires a prescription from a physician before buying a portable oxygen concentrator.