Know About Oxygen Concentrators
- Pulse Dose and Continuous Oxygen Delivery
- Long Battery Life
- Wearable Technology - Lightweight and Mobile
- Travel Anywhere, Anytime
Top Rated Portable Concentrators
Portable oxygen concentrators are the latest technology for oxygen therapy users who desire a small, lightweight and affordable portable oxygen solution in a compact and mobile unit. All of our mobile units can be operated in vehicles or RVs allowing oxygen users to travel freely. Enjoy activities such as golfing, hiking, boating, and camping while using a portable concentrator.
We carry several models of oxygen concentrators, and our Oxygen Specialists can assist in finding a portable oxygen solution that fits your needs and lifestyle. Contact us about our wide selection of top-rated units from leading manufacturers from Inogen, Respironics, SeQual, Chart, Invacare and more.
Who Needs A Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
A portable oxygen concentrator is a good solution for anyone struggling with low blood oxygen levels.
Portable concentrators are particularly well suited to seniors who still want to go out and about and get the most from life. It used to be that oxygen therapy meant using a heavy, bulky oxygen cylinder. They were hard to move, and changing the cylinder was a hassle. There was also a fire risk associated with using them.
Thanks to today’s great portable oxygen concentrators, getting extra oxygen is much simpler and easier than it was before. A portable concentrator can travel with you, as it’s small and light enough to travel easily in its own carrying case. Many models are even suitable for air travel.
Seniors who stay mostly around the home can also benefit from a portable model, as they’re much easier to transport from room to room or take with you when getting up to go to the bathroom.
How Do Portable Oxygen Concentrators Work?
Portable oxygen concentrators pull in air and move it to an inlet filter into a compressor. The compressor then compresses the air, and pushes it to a part called a sieve bed. This saturates the sieve bed with oxygen, so the air that exits the machine is very oxygen-rich (about 95% oxygen, as opposed to the usual 21% oxygen of the air we breathe every day.)
The oxygen is then delivered to the user via a nasal cannula or a face mask. You simply connect the cannula to the machine, choose your settings, and switch the machine on.
What Should You Know About Purchasing A Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
Before purchasing a portable oxygen concentrator, it’s important to understand you or your loved one’s oxygen needs in terms of how many liters per minute (LPM) are required. It’s important not to guess this number – ask your primary care physician, or specialist, to give you an exact number to use.
It’s also important to know whether you need a pulse or continuous flow machine. Pulse flow machines release a puff of oxygen whenever the user breathes in. They’re best suited to more active seniors who need a little extra breathing support. Pulse flow machines support up to 2 LPM of flow. Continuous flow machines deliver a steady stream of oxygen and support up to 5 LPM of flow. Continuous flow models work with BiPAP machines, so they’re the only option for users who wear a BiPAP. They’re also the best option for those who need oxygen overnight.
Some concentrators have both pulse and continuous settings, so you can choose between them.