|Lifechoice Oxygen Concentrator. One of the smaller devices available.|
|This is highly portable. http://www.oxygenconcentratorstore.com|
Machines can be set to provide the physician ordered amounts of:
- 0 liters per minute: 21% (Room Air)
- 1 liters per minute: 25%
- 2 liters per minute: 29%
- 3 liters per minute: 33%
- 4 liters per minute: 37%
- 5 liters per minute: 41%
- 6 liters per minute: 45%
Keep in mind that a physician order needs to be obtained before any oxygen therapy is undertaken because oxygen removes respiratory incentive, and because people will decrease their respiratory rate naturally in physiological response to a higher oxygen provision. Yes, unbridled and unregulated oxygen can be potentially dangerous.
However, if you run a clinic, or take care of those with respiratory problems, or are evacuating those with a respiratory issue, one of these and an inverter could be invaluable. This is also not as dangerous as carrying or transporting oxygen tanks. These are also useful as an adjunct to CPAP units. The original units were quite large and designed for home or hospital use, but the newer portable units can be useful even during evacuations.
I will therefore list some, as a starting point.
Although it is probably best to purchase a new device which makes use of all the new warranties, it is possible to buy a used, cleaned and reconditioned device for as little as $200.
Here are some devices and different sources:
Specifications for the Used Respironics M5 Home Concentrators #101811C:
- Alert / Alarm:Low System Pressure, High System Pressure, Power Failure, Low Oxygen Level (OPI Model Available), No Oxygen Flow
- Electrical:120 VAC (+/- 10%), 60 Hz
- Features:Maintenance free SMCT "sure cycle" valve, designed specifically for the Millennium
Optional Oxygen Percentage Indicator(OPI?) ultrasonically measures the oxygen output as a purity indication Protective tubing neatly guards the electronic wires and tubing - double fault against electric shock
Integrated Sieve canister reduces tubing connections to enhance bed life
Twin Head Compressor:(higher stroke for more airflow through sieve beds)
Highly durable casters designed to withstand rigorous usage
- Flow Rate:1- 5 LPM in 1 liter increments
- Operating ranges, Intended for Use:Temperature: 55 F to 90 F (12 C to 32 C)
Humidity: Up to 95% Non-Condensing
- Outlet Pressure:10 - 30 PSIG
- Oxygen Concentration:92% +/- 4% At 5LPM | 94% +/- 2% At 4LPM | 92% +/- 4% At 3LPM
- Storage Ranges, Intended for Storage:Temperature: -30 F to 160 F (-34 C to 71 C)
Humidity: Up to 95%, non-condensing
- Warranty:90 Day Parts and Labor Warranty
Please note that the larger more portable devices are more expensive.
This is from: http://www.oxygenconcentratoro2.com
Be sure to check the references of any supplier, and ask your insurance company for a recommendation if applicable.
This post is for educational and informational use only.
Not all patients on oxygen can use or benefit from a portable oxygen concentrator.
I do not endorse any particular supplier or unit. Your physician and your own research in your area are the best ways to locate the best unit and deal for you in your area.
Oxygen is an incendiary hazard. Patients who smoke while using oxygen risk not only killing themselves in fire, but destroying their homes and killing their loved ones also.
Do not use oxygen supplementation from any source without the order and guidance of a licensed physician.