Oxygen Accessories

News and stories regarding oxygen accessories like cannulas, batteries and more. We also provide you with advice and suggestions on purchasing the important oxygen accessories you need. Keep current with new oxygen products, updates, and other important issues.
  • The Important Relationship Between an Oxygen Flow Meter and Breathing Pattern

    Before you buy an oxygen flow meter, there is something to learn about in advance: your breathing pattern can affect the final oxygen dose you receive from your flow meter.

    Many patients receiving oxygen therapy aren’t fully aware that various breathing patterns have direct effects on how they set their oxygen flow meter.

    Your physician prescribes oxygen at a specific dose, one that is appropriate for your condition. However, even though your doctor has prescribed a set liter flow for you (usually 1–3 liters per minute), many variables affect that liter flow. And some can lead to dramatic shifts in the amount of oxygen you are receiving.

    How does this happen? The main problem affecting your therapeutic oxygen level is air dilution.

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  • Powering Your POC in the Air: An Overview of Flying with Oxygen

    One of the greatest benefits that oxygen concentrators give oxygen therapy patients is the freedom to travel, unlike in the earlier days of oxygen tanks. Standard oxygen tanks are not allowed on airlines according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, restricting the ability for those users to travel.

    In May 2009, however, oxygen therapy patients were finally allowed to take off: certain portable oxygen concentrators, approved by the FAA for airline travel, are permitted to be taken on the airplane in the cabin. Not all portable concentrators are permitted, but the list of approved POCs is extensive. Some of our most popular FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators are listed here:

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  • Oxygen Concentrator Accessories That You'll Want to Have

    When you buy an oxygen concentrator, you might be focused on the machine and how it fits your lifestyle. Frequent far-away travelers need a portable oxygen concentrator that is ideal for air travel, while those who require higher oxygen flow rates are better served by stationary oxygen concentrators that can be comfortably used at home.

    Regardless of the type you end up purchasing, there are additional accessories that can make using your oxygen concentrator at home or on the go more convenient and more comfortable.

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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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  • 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 weight while you are sleeping. Often, 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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  • What is an Oxygen Concentrator Christmas tree adapter?

    An oxygen concentrator Christmas tree isn't a festive decoration that you put up in your home – it's used as an important little piece of hardware that helps to make sure the oxygen tubing stays in place on the concentrator.

    The Christmas tree adapter gets its name from its shape and appearance. It looks like a Christmas tree, with it's conical shape and tiers that resemble the branches on a pine tree. It's also always or more often than not, a green color. It's an easy name because it describes how it looks in a way that most people can understand.

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  • The Importance of Keeping a Pulse Oximeter With You at All Times

    A pulse oximeter is a very simple yet important piece of medical equipment. It checks to see if your blood oxygen level is within a healthy range. When your oxygen level is below this range, it is referred to as hypoxemia.

    When your blood oxygen level falls below the normal range, your lungs begin to narrow, actually restricting blood flow through the lungs. While this is occurring, a significant amount of stress is placed on the heart, as it is forced into working much harder to try and get blood to the lungs to oxygenate the body.

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  • Portable Oxygen Carry Bags: Shoulder Bags or Backpacks?

    Comfort while using your portable oxygen concentrator is hugely important. The whole point of having a portable oxygen concentrator is to be able to do a lot of walking and moving around while getting your oxygen therapy. Mobile carts, shoulder bags and specially designed backpacks are the main ways to carry around your portable oxygen concentrator, without it feeling like a burden.

    Are you going on vacation and need the best way to carry your portable concentrator, or are you shopping for your first portable oxygen concentrator? When you're shopping for a way to carry around your portable oxygen concentrator, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

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  • How to Use a Cannula with a Oxygen Concentrator

    If you need oxygen therapy currently, or if you ever needed oxygen at any point in your life, it was most likely delivered through a nasal cannula. A nasal cannula is the name for the rubber prongs and the attached tubing that is inserted into the nostrils, which runs along the side of the face and around the back of the head. They are also often referred to simply as nasal prongs.

    How to use a nasal cannula with your oxygen therapy equipment might seem pretty self-explanatory, but there are few things you should know about this important oxygen therapy accessory.

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  • Purchasing Oxygen Supplies for Oxygen Concentrators

    When you purchase an oxygen concentrator or another type of equipment there are other oxygen supplies that are helpful to operate the unit. These supplies include batteries, battery chargers, bags or backpacks, cannula, tubing and more. There are a few other key items you will need later on to keep your oxygen equipment running smoothly.

    If you have the opportunity to stock up on oxygen supplies, you should definitely do so. If you have medicare or another insurance coverage, they will cover the cost of all the things you will need to receive your oxygen therapy.

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