Oxygen

It would be an understatement to say oxygen is important to everyday life. We breathe O2 without even thinking about it most of the time, so it is very easily taken for granted. However, there are those who need assistance getting the proper amount into their bodies. On this page, we have provided significant information regarding oxygen supplies and concentrators. Please read on to learn more and let us know of any questions you may have!


Oxygen That's Right for You

 

Finding oxygen supplies can be a task. It may require coordination between you, your healthcare provider, and oxygen supplier. Talk to your doctor about your situation to get a better idea of what you might be looking for. There are several things you'll want to keep in mind when looking for the right supplies. These factors are listed as follows:

 

Nasal Cannula

 

  • The amount of oxygen prescribed by your doctor
  • How often you get out of the house and how long you're gone
  • The kind of activities you engage in
  • Your size and strength
  • Whether or not your home is multifloored 

 

 

Concentrator

 

Home Concentrator

 

Home concentrators are oxygen machines that take regular air and purify it to approximately 90-95% oxygen. There's a compressor inside the machine, which brings air into a filter, thus removing the nitrogen, then distributing the purified oxygen through the tubing and into the patient's nose. Smoking or any kind ignition around an oxygen concentrator can be extremely dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

 

Portable oxygen concentrators are small devices that can be carried on your back, in a bag over your shoulder, or on wheels like a suitcase. They run on batteries and can be recharged easily. POC's do not require oxygen tanks or refilling. To ensure the proper delivery of oxygen, the maximum length for tubing on these devices is 7 feet. Because of their size, POC carrying bags are very popular. These devices can also be carried onto planes making them the most portable oxygen device.

 

Inogen One

 

 

 

 

Compressed Gas Systems

 

This alternative to breathing compressed oxygen requires pre-filled oxygen tanks that are typically delivered to you weekly. Sometimes these tanks can be refilled overnight from a concentrator. In order to use these tanks, you must have a regulator or an oxygen conserving device (OCD.) Regulators will provide oxygen in pulses which allows for the supply to last longer.



Oxygen Tank

 

Liquid Oxygen Systems

 

A liquid oxygen tank is a small, refillable container that can be filled from an oxygen reservoir as needed. This oxygen machine includes an ambulatory tank for use when traveling and a reservoir for home use. Devices like these can deliver a higher flow of oxygen for a longer period of time. Sometimes, this high rate of oxygen can irritate or dry out the nasal passage. It is a good idea to invest in ointments that can combat this irritation.

 


Where would we be without oxygen? Fortunately, we don't have to worry about running out of it and neither do you! Thanks to these incredible machines, you can breathe comfortably and soundly. At Lindsey Medical Supply, we employ respiratory therapists who would be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have. Pay us a visit today! You can find a location in Oklahoma.

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