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.
  • 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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  • 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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  • Thank You Letter From Make-A-Wish Colorado - August 30, 2016

    Here is a thank you letter Oxygen Concentrator Store/AMSR received from Make-A-Wish Colorado on August 30, 2016. Andalyn, achieved here dream of visiting Walt Disney World Resorts with her closest friends.

    Dear Nick,

    Thank you for your recent gift of discounted medical supplies to Make-A-Wish® Colorado. Please know that your contribution helps us continue granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. We cherish and appreciate your commitment to our mission of bringing hope, strength, and joy to the courageous children we serve.

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  • 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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