What is a portable oxygen concentrator?

Updated on July 9, 2020

A portable oxygen generator is a medical device that compresses the surrounding air and delivers it to the patient in a cleaner, more concentrated form. Best of all, oxygen can be supplied continuously by simply plugging the generator into a power outlet or having a battery.

For whatever reason, this is particularly beneficial for older people with low oxygen levels in their blood. This is because portable oxygen concentrators are lighter and easier to use than standard oxygen tanks. This provides a solution for people who need to travel.

There are many reasons for oxygen therapy as people age. These include postoperative recovery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and even anemia. A simple way to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood is to use a portable oxygen concentrator. It works because they suck in the air around them, compress the air, and then filter out the nitrogen in a sieve, leaving behind 90 percent pure oxygen. Pure oxygen is then inhaled using a mask or nasal catheter.

How does the oxygen generator work?

For today’s oxygen therapy patients, treating their physical condition is often stressful. But under such pressure, they are also becoming more and more insistent on maintaining an active and independent lifestyle. If they have to use heavy old oxygen tanks to limit their movement, that’s going to be very difficult. It’s time to adopt a better solution so that they can enrich their lives with the latest equipment.

Type of oxygen concentrator:

There are two types of oxygen generators: household and portable. As the name suggests, household appliances use the power supply available in the patient’s home. Just plug it into a wall socket. Home concentrators are designed to move around the patient’s home and therefore need to be more durable. Many models weigh 30-53 pounds on average and have casters that move smoothly between rooms. If the water supply is long, it can even be moved outside. One of the most popular home concentrator is Respironics, its light weight (31 pounds) and is one of the most quiet home appliances. Portable concentrators can also blow into wall sockets, but they do more than that. They are very lightweight and can also be plugged into a car’s 12V DC cigarette lighter or run on lithium-ion batteries. Most portable oxygen generators are Federal Aviation Administration certified and can be used on trains, buses and cruise ships.

How is oxygen delivered?

As long as the oxygen generator is plugged into a permanent wall power supply, the newly formed oxygen can be delivered through a stable power supply. The intubation is a device fitted to the nostril. Usually supported by earrings. When patients breathe oxygen through the cannula, they also breathe air around them. It is usually recommended to mix with oxygen and dilute in order. Oxygen masks come in many shapes and sizes. They always cover the mouth and nostrils. The air passing through the mask is more concentrated than the air in the sleeve. It should also be noted that the relief valve is more comfortable than the hood. Trouble shooting for oxygen generator. Each oxygen concentrator provides visual and auditory alerts to inform the patient if there is a problem with the device. These include:

1. Power supply (detection) failure

2. High/low voltage alarm

3. Patients should be aware that there may be internal problems requiring maintenance if outlet pressure drops below a certain level or becomes too high. If so, it may simply be a clogged filter, or an internal valve or compressor may complicate the filter. Patients should contact the distributor who purchased the oxygen machine for help.

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