Portable oxygen concentrators with pulse flow deliver oxygen intermittently based on your breathing rate. Essentially, every time you inhale the concentrator detects your inhalation it triggers a bolus dose of oxygen to be delivered.
This blog post was updated on 3/7/17 to add information.
Being diagnosed with COPD is scary. It leads to endless questions about your future and what it means for you and your family.
It can leave you feeling guilty for possibly causing the onset of the disease from smoking. And it can leave you thinking "Well, now what?"
The truth is, yes COPD is scary and overwhelming, but COPD does not define you and it most certainly is NOT a death sentence.
When you have received a COPD diagnosis, it is often followed by a prescription for medical grade oxygen.
You are left feeling overwhelmed with a wealth of new knowledge you must retain. With COPD you may have a need for supplemental medical grade oxygen. Medical grade oxygen treatment is typically delivered through a tube with two nasal prongs. This is better known as a nasal cannula.
Nasal cannulas are designed to be inserted into your nostrils and attached to your portable or home oxygen concentrator. Meaning they become dirty very quickly and regularly. So you need to make it a top priority to regularly replace and clean your nasal cannulas.
Reading COPD forums and blogs, there are countless patients saying something along the lines of “my oxygen provider tells me to only change my nasal cannula after I’ve had a respiratory infection, such as a cold.” Or “with regular cleaning you should only replace your nasal cannula 1-2 times a month.”
This post was edited and republished on 02/15/17 to update the list and the information.
Portable oxygen concentrators with continuous flow, as the name implies, deliver uninterrupted oxygen flow based on the setting that is applied on the device.
When choosing a unit, consider its weight, ease of use, battery life, oxygen flow rate measured in liters per minute (LPM), and other additional features before making your decision.
Despite the fact that continuous flow concentrators are larger than their pulse flow counterparts, you have no reason to be intimidated by the size of continuous flow units.
Below is a review of the top continuous flow portable oxygen concentrators currently on the market. These units are listed in no particular order.
After you’ve quit smoking you’ll likely be bothered by residual odors in your home and car that you may have never noticed when you were a smoker. Lingering odors and chemical residue may be especially tough on those with allergies who have COPD or are on supplemental oxygen, such as a portable oxygen concentrator. Cigarette residue is referred to as third hand smoke and is hazardous to everyone who comes into contact with it, especially children. Air purifiers can be helpful but cigarette smoke permeates every surface and can be a challenge to get out but over time, your house and auto will smell like new with these tips and tricks.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make is to quit smoking. If this is the year you’ve decided to become tobacco free, this is a game plan to help you quit, and stay quit. This guide will help you understand the risks of smoking as well as the psychology behind both the habit and the addiction.
It will also give you actionable strategies to beat both the physical dependency and psychological hook. The second you put out your last cigarette the healing begins so let’s get started!
The #1 Question We Get Asked
The number one question we get asked from patients everywhere is, “Will insurance or Medicare pay for my portable oxygen concentrator?”
In a perfect world, every medical expense you incur would be covered by insurance or Medicare. We would absolutely love to get all of our patients the machine they want with $0 out of pocket. It would benefit everyone in the industry from patients to health care professionals to health care businesses.
Well, 2016 is wrapping up and I think we can all agree that it's be one crazy year, even in the oxygen industry... We've seen some groundbreaking technology get released, we've seen a couple of brand new concentrators get released, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when we look forward to 2017.
When the time comes for you to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator you will be provided with a number of different models to choose from.
This normally wouldn’t be an issue when you have a store you can physically visit to look at each make and model, but when the majority of oxygen concentrator distributors don’t have a showroom you have to research your purchase and make a decision without seeing the product first.