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  • What is Oxygen Purity?

    The purity level of your oxygen delivery is extremely important to your therapy and overall health. An oxygen concentrator is used to maintain a certain level of purity at each individual setting. But what exactly is oxygen purity and what does it mean?

    Oxygen is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that makes up approximately 20% of the air we breathe. If you suffer from COPD or other lung/respiratory diseases you probably require supplemental oxygen. Perhaps you’ve heard your doctor mention oxygen purity when talking about your ideal settings and levels. The word “purity” refers to how pure of a percentage of concentrated oxygen is available to the patient. Medical grade oxygen for an oxygen concentrator should be no less than 90.0% and no more than 96.0%. It’s also important to consider your altitude level when looking at ideal oxygen saturation levels. For example, an ideal saturation level at or near sea level will fluctuate slightly from cities at a higher altitude such as Denver, Colorado. If you’re unsure or confused about your required oxygen levels, consult your doctor.

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  • Meet Our Customer Service Manager!

    Samira is a Chicago native with over 12 years of experience in the Call Center industry. Her extensive background includes working in Law, Life & Health Insurance, Credit Unions, Banks, and is now our valued Oxygen Concentrator Store Customer Service Manager! Interested in getting to know Samira and our Customer Service Department better? Keep reading!

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  • Respironics SimplyGo Mini vs. Inogen One G3

    When comparing two different portable oxygen concentrators, there are a variety of factors you need to consider. Are they truly portable? Are they light? Small? How is the battery life? What about a warranty? The factors can easily seem endless. Use this guide to help you as you explore your options and make your choice between two excellent portable oxygen concentrators, the SimplyGo Mini and the Inogen One G3.

    The SimplyGo Mini is both compact and lightweight at less than 10 inches in all dimensions and under 6 pounds. It can provide pulse flow oxygen up-to 5 settings and up to a maximum of 1000 mL/minute. The unit’s battery life is above average at 4.5 hours, enough for most activities. The unit is covered by a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty, except for the sieve beds which are guaranteed for 1 year. Also, the Mini is equipped with a reinforced casing to stand up to the bumps, bangs, and dings that accompany an active lifestyle. The unit is quiet during operation, only generating a soft 43 decibels of noise.

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  • What is a Pulse Oximeter?

    A pulse oximeter is a small and lightweight device that attaches to a fingertip to painlessly measure the level of oxygen in your body. The oximeter can measure two things: your pulse rate and the level of oxygen in your blood. Both of these numbers are necessary to asses your current levels and health.

    It’s important to note that the information a pulse oximeter can provide is limited. As we mentioned above an oximeter only measures your pulse and blood-oxygen levels. An oximeter will not measure the CO2, or carbon dioxide, levels in your blood stream. A pulse oximeter is not a replacement for more extensive and involved tests to be completed by your doctor. If you are ever in a situation where you are concerned about your oxygen levels, we suggest consulting your doctor immediately.

    Pulse Oximeter's are discreet, small, and easily transportable! Typically Oximeter's weigh just a few ounces and are thinner than most wallets! Read on to learn more!

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  • Pulse vs. Continuous Flow

    When you’re first prescribed oxygen by your doctor, you will likely discuss the various options available to fit your needs. One of the first determining factors in starting oxygen therapy is figuring out if you’ll need a pulse or continuous flowing oxygen unit. Perhaps you’ve heard your doctor use the phrase “pulse” and “continuous flow” but do you really understand what it means? How does it correlate with machine settings? What’s the difference between the two? Which one is right for you? Let's explore the differences below:

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  • Respironics SimplyGo vs. Inogen One G4

    When it comes to portable oxygen concentrators, you first need to choose one that will meet your supplemental oxygen therapy requirements. However, there’s no need to sacrifice great features and convenience to get the oxygen delivery you need. Two great options are the SimplyGo by Respironics and the Inogen One G4 because both units have amazing features and benefits. The information below can help you decide which is right for you.

    Respironics’ SimplyGo is a quiet powerhouse in a compact, portable package. This device can deliver up to 2 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen at a continuous flow, making it a great choice for those with higher oxygen requirements. It’s versatile too – it offers 6 different pulse dose settings. Measuring 11.5 inches in its largest dimension and weighing around 10 pounds, the SimplyGo still lives up to its name. It even includes a wheeled cart for easier portability.

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  • How To: Connect a CPAP Machine to Your Oxygen Concentrator

    If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea it may become necessary to use an oxygen concentrator in addition to a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is used for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This condition is when the muscles in your throat cannot support their own weight while you are sleeping. Often times, a first sign would be a sleeping partner mentioning or complaining about your snoring, a common symptom of sleep apnea. It’s also extremely common for the patient to feel restless and run-down when they wake up; often being accompanied by headaches and other signs of not receiving enough oxygen at night.

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  • Respironics SimplyGo Mini vs. Inogen One G4

    Philips Respironics and Inogen are both respected and innovative medical device manufacturers. While their products are universally praised and well-engineered, you want to be certain that you pick the right portable oxygen concentrator for your needs, no matter the origin. Let’s examine some of the features from the top of the line models from these two great companies, the Respironics SimplyGo Mini and the Inogen One G4.

    The SimplyGo Mini is less than 10 inches in all dimensions and under 6 pounds, making it both small in size and easy to carry for almost any patient. It provides oxygen via pulse flow in 5 setting options, maxing out at 1000 mL/minute. The concentrator also has a generous battery life of about 4.5 hours on a full charge. The unit itself is protected by a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty, except for the sieve beds which are guaranteed for 1 year. Also, the Mini features a rugged casing to resist scratches, impacts, and dings from everyday use. Additionally, the SimplyGo Mini is unobtrusive and quiet, operating at a very soft 43 decibels.

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