Oxygen concentrator are the most commonly used medical equipment that are used in patients who are suffering from breathing disorders. These devices concentrate oxygen by removing nitrogen to supply oxygen enriched gas stream.
Choosing an Oxygen Concentrator
Before buying an oxygen concentrator, there are various factors that are to be considered. Oxygen concentrators are many and have diverse features and benefits making it ideal for any patient.
Here we have outlined few factors for you to consider in order to easily choose the best concentrator for your needs.
The most important factor to consider when deciding to buy oxygen concentrator is its flow requirement. Flow rate refers to amount of oxygen flowing into patient nostrils over period of a minute. The flow rate requirement is prescribed by doctor accordingly so it is always important to discuss with doctors about the oxygen concentrator you buy.
All oxygen concentrators will not have same flow capacity and it may have lower flow rates ranging 250 to 750 millilitres per minute and higher flow rates ranging 2 to 10LPM.
Portability or Home Use
Oxygen concentrators are of two kinds first is home oxygen concentrators which is ideal for home use and second is portable concentrators which is compact and ideal for travelling. Portable oxygen concentrators are used by those who are willing to lead an active lifestyle and travel frequently so as to continue uninterrupted life.
Home oxygen concentrators are continuous flow machines while portable oxygen concentrators have two options - pulse flow and or continuous flow modes. If you buy a portable oxygen concentrator, they you would require one for home use which is home oxygen with continuous flow. But if you are planning to have just one portable then you must go for machine that also has continuous flow option.
Short term or Long-term requirement?
Before you decide to buy oxygen concentrator, the most important thing is to consider the potential duration of usage. Do not be in a hurry to but oxygen concentrators without discussing or thinking about the need of individual.
There are many home users who would have used for just few months or sometimes just few days and want to sell their sparingly used oxygen concentrators. Irrespective of whether the equipment is little used or almost new the price that can fetch drops drastically and you will have to pay lesser depending on the usage. You can even think of renting the machine if it is for a short-term requirement which is a better financial decision.
Oxygen concentration is a value where the oxygen delivered to patient has a specific percentage of pure oxygen content after it has been compressed and filtered with oxygen concentrator. Depending on the number and design filtration systems also the effectiveness of concentrators in nitrogen removing sieve system the oxygen concentration value is varied. Most of the machine offers values between 87 to 99 percent. Those requiring high oxygen flow rates need high powered products and for patients who do not usually need highest oxygen concentrators buy lightweight and portable oxygen concentrators.
The amount of noise generated is an obvious consideration by an oxygen concentrator during the operation. With the wide range of constructions, layout and power levels the amount of noise generated varies. You can find some of the small portable oxygen concentrators that are quiet and unobstructive.