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Selecting a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

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We hope our collection of guides and articles, will assist you in making a informed decision. Our Respiratory services team, is here to assist you, in the proper selection of your new Portable Oxygen Concentrator.

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       Selecting a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

We try to make choosing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) easy. Our knowledgeable staff is available for your questions at 866-218-0902. This should be an exciting purchase. However, there are a number of important factors for you to consider when purchasing.

1) First, you simply need to know and understand what your doctor is prescribing.

We are here to assist! Your physician must prescribe a setting or how much oxygen (Liters Per Minute "LPM") is required and the method, that oxygen can be delivered. There are only two oxygen delivery methods. Pulse Dose (on-demand when oxygen device senses a breath) and Continuous Flow (steady stream of Oxygen).

2)What Should Be On Your Oxygen Prescription?
Prescriptions are usually provided on your doctor's prescription pad, office letterhead, or printed prescription form. All prescriptions must contain your doctor's signature, your doctor's contact information, the patient's full name, and a description of the therapy prescribed.

3)Portable Oxygen Concentrator Prescriptions - Should must note, either the oxygen concentrator model name and/or whether Pulse Dose oxygen therapy or Continuous Flow oxygen is required. Some models of portable oxygen concentrators will only deliver oxygen in a Pulse Dose manner. The prescription must contain the method of delivery.

Example: Continuous Flow oxygen would not be valid for the purchase of a Pulse Dose only concentrator.

If your needs require a Portable Oxygen Concentrator that will work in conjunction with a CPAP or Bi-PAP, only continuous flow oxygen concentrators can be used for your needs.

Another factor to consider is not just which Portable Oxygen Concentrator is the right fit today, but also which unit will be the right fit in the future.

We are happy to assist you in selection of which Portable Oxygen Concentrator best fulfills your prescription, you can begin looking for a device that will help to improve your lifestyle. Chances are, there may be more than one choice of Portable Oxygen Concentrator that will work.

To help narrow your search; we can look at the following features:

Battery Life- Search for battery duration that best meets your active lifestyle needs. Note: Extra Batteries can be purchased separately to extend time between charges.

Weight - Pulse Dose Concentrators, weight starts at 3 lbs, however the Continuous models start at 10 lbs.

Travel Approved: All of the portable oxygen concentrators we sell are FAA approved which means they can all go where you go!

We are here to make your purchase simple, call our Respiratory experts at 866-218-0902

       FAA Regulations for Portable Oxygen Concentrators

It is important to plan ahead and to check with your airline well in advance of your travel date to learn specific requirements. Without proper planning, airlines may not be equipped to provide backup oxygen, so coordinating a backup source for use at your final destination is crucial. In case of changes to an airline’s oxygen policy, we strongly recommend that you contact your airline directly prior to purchasing your ticket to confirm the requirements for the on-board use of your portable oxygen concentrator. All Models rented and sold by the PortableOxygenStore.com are FAA approved!

Before Purchasing Tickets

  • Inform airline that you will be travelling with your Portable Oxygen Concentrator.
  • Determine the requirements for batteries for your desired travel dates and locations.
  • Confirm that your plane will have available electrical power onboard.
  • Request seating with an available power port.
  • Ensure that you have sufficient battery power for the duration of your flight, including a conservative estimate of unanticipated delays.

Planning Your Flight

Before you travel with an FAA approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator, your airline may need signed statement from your physician that includes details about:
  • Your ability to see/hear alarms and respond appropriately
  • When oxygen use is necessary (all or a portion of the trip)
  • Maximum flow rate corresponding to the pressure in the cabin under normal operating conditions

After Your Flight

  • Remember to recharge additional batteries you may have used prior to your next flight.
  • Arrange for the delivery or pick up of your backup oxygen supply.
  • Have fun. Enjoy your independence.

Approved Models for Flight:

  • AirSep FreeStyle
  • AirSep LifeStyle
  • AirSep Focus
  • AirSep Freestyle 5 (PDF)
  • (Caire) SeQual eQuinox
  • Delphi RS-00400 / Oxus RS-00400
  • DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
  • Inogen One
  • Inogen One G2
  • lnogen One G3
  • lnova Labs LifeChoice Activox
  • International Biophysics LifeChoice / lnova Labs LifeChoice
  • Invacare XPO2 / XPO100
  • Invacare Solo 2
  • Oxylife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • Respironics EverGo
  • Respironics SimplyGo
  • Sequal Eclipse
  • SeQual SAROS
  • VBox Trooper

       What is Pulse Flow and how is it different from Continuous Flow

When patients are considering which portable concentrator is best, the first thing they need to consider, discuss with their physican, is whether they need a continuous flow of oxygen or if a pulse flow.

Pulse Flow Concentrators

  • Pulse flow, as the name would suggests, is based on inhaling (on demand), that is, the patient's breathing rate. It is typically used when patients are awake and active during the day.
  • Pulse flow delivers oxygen in a pluse, every time the patient takes a breath. If their breathing rate increases, the machine will react and release a bolus, or pulse dosage size, with each inhalation. The flow rate is based off the bolus.
  • The concentrator then rests while the patient is exhaling. The concentrator is able to do this through the use of a built-in oxygen conserver, much like those used on oxygen tanks.

Pulse dose POCs are able to deliver anywhere from 450 ml per minute to 1250 ml per minute of oxygen in short pulses. Pulse dose portable oxygen concentrators are typically recommended for low oxygen requirement patients who require up to 2 LPM of oxygen. Although there are pulse flow units that can be used 24/7

Pulse dose units are not compatible with CPAP or BiPAP machines.

Pluse Dose Portable Concentrators Models:

Continuous Flow: Oxygen is delivered at a constant rate regardless of the user’s breathing pattern. Just a home stationary concentrator provides a continuous flow of oxygen.

  • If a patient is prescribed 3 LPM, their concentrator will produce 3 liters of oxygen every minute. POCs that are continuous flow are CPAP and BiPAP compatible. They can also be used 24/7.
  • Most patients find that pulse flow works very well for them during their waking hours. However, some require the option of continuous flow. If they plan to frequently use their POC while sleeping, they will most likely need the continuous flow because they often breathe too shallowly to trigger the pulse or do not breathe through their nose at all.
  • Patients theat need to connect their portable oxygen concentrator to a CPAP or BiPAP machine, so they must choose a continuous flow concentrator to allow for this.

A patient may also need a portable concentrator with continuous flow if they typically breathe through their mouth rather than their nose, or if they have high oxygen requirements of 5 LPM or greater.

Continuous Flow Oxygen Portable Concetrator Models.

When considering your options for oxygen therapy take into account firstly your oxygen needs, your lifestyle and then how best to have both met. You do need to sit down and ask advice from your respiratory specialist/doctor. If you are a low user of supplemental oxygen you will have more choice and may find all your oxygen needs can be provided by one POC.

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