Breathing in and out is something that we don't even think about. It is an automatic reflex that we don't have to think about it to happen. Never take breathing for granted because there are times when a patient may require supplemental oxygen.
We all know that we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide which moves in the body through red blood cells so that we can live and anything that messes with this system messes the life cycle.
The atmosphere is made up of 21% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen, and 1% trace gases. Oxygen therapy works by providing the patient with enriched oxygen of a far liters percentage by using an oxygen concentrator.
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from a gas supply or the environmental air and delivers it to a patient in need of supplemental oxygen.
It draws in air and separates the oxygen from nitrogen gas by absorption, leaving an oxygen-enriched gas for use by people requiring oxygen due to low oxygen levels in their blood. It is delivered by tubing that connects to a cannula or mask, enabling you to breathe more easily.
When moving around the house, the tubing can become a trip hazard so we suggest considering something called a Fixed Installation. This means keeping the concentrator in a fixed position and having outlet points in several rooms, shortening the tubing length and reducing the risk of trips and falls.
The concentrator plugs into the mains electricity supply in your home.
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I know you’re wondering what are these conditions that cause us to require supplemental oxygen…
How was it determined that I need supplemental oxygen?
Well, the doctor determines the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream using either of these two ways:
A small, clip-on device shines a light through your finger or earlobe and measures the amount of light absorbed by the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the red blood cells. By calculating the amount of light absorption, the device can measure how saturated the hemoglobin is with oxygen molecules, or O2 sat. Normally, the oxygen saturation of the blood is around 98 to 100 percent.
Arterial blood gas study
In this procedure, blood is drawn out of an artery, usually in the wrist, using a needle and syringe. The blood is then sent through an analyzer to measure the amount of oxygen gas dissolved in the blood. This result is called the arterial oxygen pressure (paO2), and is normally 80 to 100 mm Hg.
These conditions affect the respiratory system. They include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, underdeveloped lungs in newborns, heart failure, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, lung disease, and trauma.
Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Values under 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent. Values under 90 percent are considered low.
We have two most commonly used oxygen concentrators i.e,
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Now, let’s break down the difference between 5 & 10 liters tethered oxygen concentrators.
5 Liter/LPM Home Oxygen Concentrators
At Home Oxygen Concentrator is a stationary concentrator that provides up to 5 liters of oxygen per minute (LPM). The At Home comes with five flow settings ranging from 1 to 5. Its low power consumption will help keep your power bill lower each month. For many, the At Home can pay for itself during the life of the machine from power bill savings.
10 Liter/LPM Home Oxygen Concentrators
Sometimes it's necessary for a patient to receive 10 LPM of oxygen therapy. Powerful stationary models like AirSep Intensity 10, often offer features such as the ability to run a nebulizer.
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POC helps individuals with a low level of blood oxygen. It is similar to a home oxygen concentrator (OC), but is smaller in size and more mobile.
If you require oxygen therapy, your doctor will prescribe you a given oxygen flow rate such as 2 liters per minute(LPM). An oxygen flow rate of 2 LPM means the patient will have 2 liters of oxygen flowing into their nostrils over a period of 1 minute.
Pulse dose delivery goes by many names including; pulse flow, conserving device, and a puffer. Pulse flow, as the name “puffer” suggests, puffs or pulses air into your nasal passageway, through a cannula, with each breath. This means that with pulse, oxygen is delivered every time you take a breath in. Should the rate of your breathing increase the oxygen concentrator will react automatically and release another “pulse” of oxygen as needed.
The sophistication of pulse dose delivery is best described as drinking water with a straw; the delivery is more controlled and individualized per need.
Some of the Best Overall Pulse Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrators include:
Inogen One G3, Oxlife Independence with DNA Technology and AirSep Focus/Inogen One G4.
We're getting a bit technical here…
If you require oxygen at night, many doctors will recommend a continuous flow machine for nocturnal or nighttime use. If you're concerned about excess oxygen waste or your current machine's settings no longer fit your needs you may want to consider an Oxymizer Pendant. The Oxymizer Pendant is capable of reducing oxygen costs by 75% on a continuous flow machine and is our simplest conserving device, operating without batteries or controls!
This oxygen saver also has the capability of increasing your LPM up to 2 whole settings. Having this extra reserve of oxygen allows you to run your concentrator on a lower setting, saving energy, money, and battery life!
Continuous Dose Only Machines: Respironics SimplyFlo, Respironics Everflo Q, Inogen At Home, AirSep VisionAire 3, AirSep VisionAire 5, Invacare Perfecto 2V, Respironics Milennium 10, AirSep Intensity 10, Invacare Platinum 10.
Whenever you need an oxygen concentrator, it is a good idea to consult us first, for advice and quality machine. The oxygen concentrators vary in price and use so keep in touch for assistance.
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