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Portable Oxygen Concentrator Resource Center

Understanding Oxygen Saturation and Breathlessness

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Sep 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM


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Topics: COPD, portable oxygen

Technique to Clear Airways

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Aug 27, 2020 11:32:13 AM


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Topics: COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, portable oxygen, Respiratory Disease, helpful hints

How Nighttime Oxygen Might Save Your Life

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Oct 31, 2019 12:30:00 PM



Normal oxygen levels are generally between 99% and 95% during waking hours.  During the night your oxygen levels naturally drop because you don’t breathe as deeply while sleeping. Your oxygen saturation levels should ideally remain above 90%. If your saturation levels dip below 88% your doctor is likely to prescribe supplemental oxygen for nighttime use.  Many portable oxygen concentrators are equipped for use while sleeping.

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen, Inogen

The Importance of Changing Your Nasal Cannula

Posted by Duke on Oct 2, 2018 4:02:37 AM

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.”

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Topics: COPD, portable oxygen, Nasal Cannulas

Traveling With Oxygen Has Never Been Easier!

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Mar 2, 2018 10:21:57 AM



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Topics: traveling with oxygen, traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator, portable oxygen

Insurance, Medicare and Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Oct 22, 2017 11:20:08 PM



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Topics: COPD, portable oxygen, Insurance and Medicare Coverage

The Best Portable Oxygen Concentrators of 2019-2020

Posted by Duke on Dec 1, 2016 1:38:00 PM

This post was updated: 2/7/2020

Well, 2019 has wrapped 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 2020.

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen

Portable Oxygen Needs On the Rise but HME Industry Is Declining

Posted by Duke on Jul 28, 2014 3:30:00 PM

As of right now, the need for supplemental oxygen is on the rise and has never been greater. Over the past 9 years, portable oxygen concentrators have been evolving from being expensive, big, bulky, and unreliable machines to extremely lightweight, compact, more economic and far more reliable medical devices. With the powerful uptrend portable oxygen concentrators have gained, it's a wonder why more HME companies do not carry them. As for the HME companies that do carry portable oxygen concentrators, they tend to have a minimal amount in-stock, use them only for rentals, or have old outdated machines. With HME companies having limited supplies and portables costing patients as much as $4,000 out of pocket, it's not that easy for patients to obtain one.

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen

First Coast Living Interview: 1st Class Medical Helping Heroes

Posted by Duke on Jul 10, 2014 5:05:00 PM


Just recently, Caleb Umstead, Director of Customer Education at 1st Class Medical, was interviewed on the talk show First Coast Living by the Emmy Award winning television host, Casey Black DeSantis. In this interview, which can be seen above, Casey DeSantis talks with Caleb Umstead about the LifeChoice Activox portable oxygen concentrator, our new program Helping Heroes with Operation Orion, and COPD. To learn more about our Helping Heroes program or to donate to the program, there is a link on the bottom of the page that you can click on. Below is a transcript of the interview. 

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen, LifeChoice Activox, Helping Heroes

LifeChoice Activox Pro Portable Oxygen Concentrator Review

Posted by Caleb Umstead on Jun 4, 2014 6:00:00 AM

As a medical oxygen patient you don't want to be weighed down by excess weight from standard and cumbersome oxygen tanks. Experience the freedoms that portable oxygen concentrators provide, but choosing the right oxygen concentrator can be somewhat overwhelming. Which is why we will be doing a review on the LifeChoice Activox Pro portable oxygen concentrator, to help you short out the differences in machines and ultimately receive the right portable oxygen concentrator for your needs.

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen, pulse flow, Inova Labs, LifeChoice Activox, LifeChoice Activox Pro

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