Oxygen concentrator: Safety considerations to keep in mind
Oxygen concentrators are reliable, safe, and easy to use. But like any medical device, there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind when using an oxygen concentrator to ensure patient safety.
1. Keep Oxygen Concentrators Clean and Dry
A clean and well-maintained oxygen concentrator is fundamental for its continued operation and patient safety. Keep the device in a clean and dry environment. Regularly clean and maintain the device and replace the filters under the manual's instructions.
2. Good Ventilation
Ensure that the area where the oxygen concentrator operates is well-ventilated to let it provide oxygen at the required concentration as well as prevent the buildup of concentrated oxygen.
3. Do Not Smoke or Use Open Flames Around Oxygen concentrators
Smoking or using open flames around oxygen concentrators can trigger a fire. Oxygen supports combustion, and a person using an oxygen concentrator may easily ignite combustion. Therefore, it is essential not to smoke, use candles, or incense, or have open flames around the oxygen concentrator.
4. Avoid Obstructing Vents
Make sure that the vents of the oxygen concentrator are not blocked to allow proper airflow and prevent overheating
5. Avoid Aerosol Sprays
Do not use aerosol sprays near the oxygen concentrator as they can be flammable
6. Ensure Proper Placement of the Nasal Cannula or Oxygen Mask
Proper placement of the nasal cannula or oxygen mask is vital for efficient oxygen delivery. Improper placement can lead to reduced oxygen levels and carbon dioxide buildup.
7.Nasal Cannula Hygiene
Properly clean and change the nasal cannula regularly to prevent illness or infection
8. Keep Oxygen Concentrators Away from Water Sources
Water damage to an oxygen concentrator poses a risk to both the patient and the machine. Keep the device away from water sources to prevent accidental submersion or water damage. Use only distilled or purified water for the oxygen humidifier and ensure that the water level does not exceed the humidifier's maximum level line.
9. Avoid Overuse
Overuse of an oxygen concentrator can lead to device overheating, damage, or loss of efficiency. Do not overuse oxygen concentrators, as this can lead to complications. Schedule breaks periodically, and turn them off when not in use.
Always plan ahead, especially when traveling with an oxygen concentrator. Make sure to bring enough batteries, tubing, and nasal cannulas to last the duration of your trip.
Remember to always follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the manufacturer on using an oxygen concentrator to ensure optimal patient safety and well-being.