Recent News from American Medical

Get all the latest news that has to do with oxygen therapy and lung diseases, as soon as it hits the presses. We help you stay informed on all the important issues that affect you, whether you have COPD, use oxygen therapy, or any other lung disease. Find all the most recent news about American Medical as well, here on our blog.
  • The Top 4 Tips for Using Your POC in the Car

    Labor day is fast approaching, are you ready for all the activities and traveling that comes with a long weekend? If you’re visiting family, grilling out, or even traveling, more often times than not you’re driving to get there, but how do you do travel with your portable oxygen concentrator?

    Luckily, today, portable oxygen concentrators come in various shapes and sizes; some even as light as 1.75 pounds! Traveling with oxygen shouldn’t be a difficult or negative experience and today many POCs come with a plethora of useful and convenient accessories like carrying cases, rolling carts, backpacks, car charging cords, and more to make driving even easier! View new concentrator accessories.

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  • Respironics SimplyGo Mini Now FAA Approved

    Respironics SimplyGo Mini portable concentrator is now FAA approved for all commercial flights to and from the United States! Weighing in at a mere 5 pounds, Respironics has ensured a convenient, safe, and easy way to travel with your oxygen solution.

    It’s important that you are able to use your portable oxygen concentrator wherever you go and though a POC is already FAA approved many airlines have additional requirements you will need to meet before your flight. We suggest preparing to fly with your oxygen concentrator 2 weeks before your travel date, this should give you plenty of time to research or call your airline and acquire any required documentation.

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  • Long-Term Oxygen Therapy: Clinical Indications for Pulsed Dose versus Continuous Flow

    Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) has been shown by extensive research data to improve overall survival, reduce hospitalizations, increase exercise tolerance as well as promote general well-being and quality of life to those with chronic respiratory failure. Typically patients requiring this therapy have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Another lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis as well as well as cancers that affect lung function either from a primary lung cancer or secondarily from a malignancy that has spread to the lungs may also require LTOT. Cardiac disease, such as congestive heart failure or cor pulmonale, also benefit from oxygen therapy.

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  • Thank You Letter From Make-A-Wish Colorado

    Here is a thank you letter Oxygen Concentrator/AMSR received from Make-A-Wish Colorado on April 20, 2016. Four-year old Zoie, achieved here dream of playing in the sand and swimming in the ocean.

    Dear Mr. Vannatta,

    Thank you for your recent gift of medical equipment rental. Your support is greatly appreciated and clearly reflects your commitment to our mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Please know that your contribution to Make-A-Wish has a very real and positive impact.

    Zoie always imagined going on a beach vacation to see the ocean. Her one true wish was a trip to Newport Beach, California, and Make-A-Wish was about to make it come true. Zoie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was six weeks old. Zoie, four-years-old, must adhere to a strict regimen of treatments and hospital visits. A beach vacation was the perfect distraction for her and her family.

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  • Senior Vacation Destination Ideas in San Diego

    Once you’ve purchased or rented a portable oxygen concentrator unit, you can look forward to travel with a lightweight, maneuverable machine! Let’s take a look at attractions in San Diego, California perfect for seniors traveling with oxygen.

    First stop, Balboa Park. Built in 1916 for the Panama-California Expo, this 1200 acre park features gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and many art museums and galleries. Be sure not to miss the Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Veterans Museum, and the Japanese Friendship Garden.

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  • Maintaining a Healthy Diet for COPD Patients

    If you have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), you know how difficult everyday tasks can be. Having trouble breathing can be exhausting, and not having enough oxygen in your body leads to fatigue. While you still need to take the medication your doctor prescribes you; you can look into other health and diet tips for COPD patients.

    One thing you can do that can make a big difference in how you feel, is changing your diet. People who have COPD should be eating a particular diet to have more energy in smaller quantities. With COPD you may have found yourself getting full much quicker, and getting tired while you're trying to eat, which means you're not finishing meals leaving you without the calories you need to stay active.

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  • Inogen One G3 Compared to the LifeChoice ActivOx

    Unlike traditional, bulky, oxygen tanks, oxygen concentrators are light-weight and portable. Concentrators pull oxygen from the surrounding air, so you don’t have to worry about delivery of refill tanks. Instead, room air passes into the unit, oxygen is separated from the nitrogen in the air, and the unit delivers a high flow of oxygen directly to the user. This type of oxygen unit allows the patient freedom of movement and a much more active lifestyle than an old-fashioned tank. Today let’s compare two portable oxygen machines: the Inogen One G3 and the LifeChoice ActivOx. Both allow for portability, but vary in specs.

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  • Leonard Nimoy's Legacy to Educate People about the Dangers of Smoking

    It's been a year this month since Leonard Nimoy's passing at the age of 83 from COPD. His family is keeping his legacy alive and working to educate people about the dangers of smoking, and the deadliness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Leonard Nimoy was known as "Mr. Spock" from the original Star Trek franchise, and his various philanthropic initiatives for the advancement of performing arts. Mr. Nimoy died on February 27th after battling severe COPD for two years.

    "COPD is the third biggest killer in the country. My father spent his last year trying to warn people about it, and this is the mission that we’ve taken on," Julie Nimoy, his daughter, tells Newsmax Health.

    An estimated 11 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The American Lung Association estimates that there are an additional 13 million people who suffer from COPD but have either gone undiagnosed or are not aware they have it.

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  • Introducing the Future of CPAP Machines and Masks

    There is some great news for sleep apnea patients who need to use a CPAP machine. Many people have a problem with using their CPAP machine because the masks are uncomfortable. They also often don't work right because they leave too much room for mishaps that cause air leaks. Some people even end up not using their CPAP machine, for both of these reasons. This can be dangerous to the health of someone with moderate to severe sleep apnea.

    Thankfully, improvements in medical science and equipment are always evolving, and finally, there is something that will eliminate the need for obstructive and often faulty CPAP masks. This new invention comes from an unlikely source, but it's been found to be effective.

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  • Respiratory Conferences and COPD Conferences in 2016

    These are numerous respiratory and COPD conferences that will be taking place in 2016. If you have a respiratory disease, attending one of these conferences can be a very educational and helpful experience. You can ask keynote speakers pressing questions about conditions and new medical sciences, as well as talk to others who have asthma, COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases.

    Staying educated about your condition is important because you're always the first one to know about your own symptoms. It's also important to talk to others who have your condition because it can make you feel less alone. Going to a conference can be an excellent experience, and you can make some contacts and new friends.

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