It's an understatement to say how important oxygen is to everyday life. We breath it in without even realizing it sometimes so it can be easy to take it for granted. However, there are those who need assistance getting the proper amount of oxygen into their bodies. That's why there's equipment like oxygen concentrators to help those people continue to be able to go about their lives without a significant amount of effort.
Finding oxygen supplies can be a task. It may require coordination between you, your healthcare provider, and your oxygen supplier. Talk to your doctor about your situation to get a better idea of what you might be looking for. There are several things you'll want to keep in mind when looking for the right supplies. These factors may include:
Home concentrators are oxygen machines that take regular air and purify it to approximately 90-95% oxygen. Inside there's a compressor that brings air into a sieve bed filter that removes the nitrogen and then distributes the purified oxygen through hoses and into a patients nose. Smoking or any kind ignition around an oxygen concentrator can be extremely dangerous.
Portable oxygen concentrators are small devices that can be carried on your back or wheeled around. They run on batteries and can be recharged easily. POC's do not require oxygen tanks or refilling. to ensure the proper delivery of oxygen, the maximum length for tubing on these devices is 7 feet. These devices can also be carried onto planes making them the most portable oxygen device.
This alternative to breathing compressed oxygen require pre-filled oxygen tanks that are typically delivered to you weekly. Sometimes these tanks can be refilled overnight from a concentrator. In order to use these tanks, you must have a regulator or and oxygen conserving device (OCD). Regulators will provide oxygen in pulses which allows the supply to last longer.
A liquid oxygen tank is a small refillable container that you can fill from an oxygen resevoir as needed. This oxygen machine includes an ambulatory tank to use when you are on the go and a reservoir to keep at home. Devices like these can deliver a higher flow of oxygen for a longer period of time. Sometimes, this high rate of oxygen can irritate or dry out the nasal passage. It is a good idea to invest in ointments that can combat this irritation.
Where would we be without oxygen? Fortunately, we don't have to worry about running out of it and neither do you! Thanks to these incredible machines, you can breath comfortably and soundly. At Broadway Home Medical, we employ respiratory therapists who would be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have. So stop by and pay us a visit! You can find us in Wichita, Kansas.