POC – Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Several years ago patients had to rely on oxygen therapy delivered through a tank system These oxygen therapy systems are somewhat mobile, but they were quite bulky, heavy and noisy. Since people want to be able to lead more active lives, and travel without boundaries, renowned companies started designing the more compact POCs- or Portable Oxygen Concentrators.
A portable oxygen concentrator basically takes ambient air and transforms it into therapeutic quality oxygen for the patient to breathe in. The portable oxygen concentrators also filter air from dust particles, allergens and bacteria to ensure that patients receive medical grade oxygen. The air is pressurized, and after the main pressure or flow settings have been set, this oxygen is delivered to the patient through a special mask.
There are many portable oxygen concentrator devices which also accommodate oxygen tanks and these types of machines are suggested in the case of patients requiring supplemental oxygen which is higher in concentration. Emphysema, lung cancer or COPD patients enjoy mostly the benefits of a portable oxygen concentrator if they attach special bleed in adapter to it and they receive
more oxygen through the special cylinder.
At SleepRestfully.com you are welcome to browse through the wide range of POCs from brand names such as Philips Respironics, Fisher & Paykel, Invacare or Devilbiss.
Portable oxygen concentrators offer the following benefits:
- They are lightweight, compact & have low noise levels
- They help patients lead more active lives- most of the innovative POCs are cleared by the FAA for use on a plane
- The portable oxygen concentrators can be plugged into a vehicle DC adapter for even more ease of use while on the go
- The portable oxygen concentrators come with a long battery life- approximately 4 hours for single battery and 8 hours on double battery
One of the most important deciding factors when it comes to choosing an Oxygen Concentrator is whether you need a continuous flow or a Pulse Dose Concentrator. Your physician will appoint the right type of concentrator, but the difference is:
Continuous Flow Concentrators – the oxygen is delivered on a continuous basis, depending on the LPM (Liters per Minutes) setting. The oxygen is delivered on a continuous flow, regardless of the breathing rhythm you have. Typically, continuous flow portable oxygen concentrators deliver 3LPM flow.
The Pulse Dose Portable Oxygen Concentrators – the oxygen is delivered on intermittent basis, as you breathe. Whenever an inhalation is detected the machine will deliver a certain burst of oxygen for you to breathe in.
At SleepRestfully it is extremely easy to compare different Portable Oxygen Concentrators side by side. Select the Portable Oxygen Concentrator Comparison chart on the website and you will have access to a side by side comparison of the POCs available through SleepRestfully.com
The greatest majority of POCs are cleared by the FAA for use on a plane. However, policies differ greatly from one air Travel Company to the other, so it is important to make enquiries before the flight.