What You Have To Know About Oxygen Concentrators
Oxygen is the breath of life. Every single cell of the human organism needs oxygen to develop and live. Certain health conditions such as COPD-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, lung cancer or Obstructive Sleep Apnea require that the patient uses regularly oxygen therapy.
This therapy is provided with the help of an Oxygen Delivery System such as a portable oxygen concentrator. At SleepRestfully we aim to provide patients with rich informational resources on all major types of portable oxygen concentrators and their accessories, which help patients get the therapy they need.
The ambient air that humans breath in contains 21% oxygen. For people who have a healthy pulmonary system , this concentration of oxygen is enough to help the breathe normally and maintain their health. However, for patients with heath complications this concentration is too low and they require supplemental oxygen to aid them in breathing at normal rates, without
How Oxygen Concentrators work
- The device takes ambient air, passes it though filters, pressurizes it and delivers medical grade oxygen to the patient (oxygen with a richer concentration)
- The patient needs to connect to the portable oxygen concentrator or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device with the help of a CPAP mask. The mask needs to be a perfect
fit, in order to avoid mask leaks or skin irritations caused by a mask which is too tight.
- Some patients require supplemental oxygen. In such cases, a special bleed in adaptor will be attached to the CPAP machine and the patient receives even higher concentration oxygen for therapeutic purposes
Oxygen is classified by the FDA as being a drug. Therefore, your physician is the one who will determine the exact type of oxygen therapy that is required in your case. Any CPAP, APAP or POC device can be purchased through SleepRestfully only if you make proof of a valid prescription.
Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea require oxygen mostly during the night, but patients with extremely severe lungs function impairment will also be required to use oxygen therapy during the day. Your healthcare provider will make exact recommendations regarding the therapy duration and the amount of oxygen flow that is required.
Oxygen therapy comes with plenty of advantages:
- For patients with COPD or other severe lung complications oxygen therapy helps preventing heart failure
- It has been scientifically proven that patients using oxygen therapy more than 12 to 14 hours per day have increased survival rates
- Patients with OSA can enjoy a better quality sleep and an improved overall mood. Daytime sleepiness, chronic fatigue or morning headaches are a matter of the past for patients with OSA on proper oxygen therapy
Oxygen Concentrators represent the preferred way of therapeutic oxygen treatment. Regular ambient air contains approximately 21% oxygen, but patients with lung problems such as COPD, lung cancer or Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients require richer concentration oxygen in order to breathe at normal rates.
Physicians make the necessary adjustments on an oxygen concentrator device, depending on the individual health requirements of the patient. An oxygen concentrator can deliver up to 10 LPM (Liters per Minute).
In selecting the right oxygen concentrator device, there are many factors patients should keep in mind such as the ease of use of the device, the overall investment required, the reliability of the manufacturing brand or portability features.
Many oxygen concentrators offer both Continuous Flow and Pulse Dose technology. In Pulse Dose the oxygen is delivered with each breath the patient initiates (right at the edge of each inhalation process). Some patients feel particularly comfortable using Pulse Dose oxygen therapy during the day, and Continuous oxygen flow during the night.
In the past, the greatest majority of oxygen concentrators have been heavy, bulky, quite noisy and with a not so attractive design. World leading medical device manufacturers are now striving to offer better and more efficient oxygen concentrators which you can easily check out at our comparison page.
Today’s oxygen concentrators are:
- sleek in design & up to 40% smaller than traditional devices
- lightweight devices
- low maintenance machines
- equipped with user friendly controls- the oxygen flow can be adjusted with one single click
With ergonomic and compact design, most of the modern oxygen concentrators are easy to carry around. The two main types of concentrators include:
- stationary concentrators
- portable oxygen concentrators
If cost effectiveness, product and therapy efficiency represent your highest priority, you should choose a portable concentrator which delivers oxygen in Pulse Dose mode. Philips Respironics
offers a wide range of Pulse Dose concentrators with very high oxygen flow (even up to 1.5 LPM)
These types of oxygen concentrators can be easily carried in a bag with shoulder straps, and many models come with an ergonomic special rolling cart with wheels for more comfort while on the go. If you require both Continuous Flow and Pulse Dose oxygen therapy, you should choose a device that incorporates both types of therapy modules.
Active patients, who travel frequently, should opt for a portable oxygen concentrator that:
- is FAA cleared for use on the plane
- comes with many helpful accessories such as AC power and DC power charge
- offers enough battery power. With one single lithium ion battery a portable oxygen concentrator can run for up to 4 hours, while on double battery it can offer uninterrupted oxygen therapy for 8 hours
- portable oxygen device that operates at high altitudes -8,000 to 10,000 feet-
Portable oxygen concentrators offer patients the freedom of movement they always dreamed about. They can be on required oxygen therapy while shopping, walking, playing golf, taking a
road trip or traveling by plane.
Portable oxygen concentrators guarantee active life without boundaries to sleep apnea or other lung disorder patients.
- Unparalleled freedom of movement
- Improved health & mood
- Up to 8 or 10 hours battery life
When getting oxygen therapy through an oxygen tank, you should ensure that you have read and understood all the oxygen use safety guidelines. Never ever allow anyone to smoke near an
oxygen tank, and keep the tank in a cool and dry place in your home, away from sources of heat and fire.
Oxygen therapy helps patients with different breathing complications improve their quality of life, and enjoy life to the fullest. Most modern CPAP devices are FAA cleared for use on a plane.