Author Archives: Scott Ridl

Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

  • Guide to Flying with an Oxygen Concentrator

    If you need to use a portable oxygen concentrator for traveling by air, there are some special considerations you’ll want to make.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doesn’t allow passengers to bring portable oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen on board, so if you require oxygen during a flight, you’ll have to use a portable oxygen concentrator.

    In a continuing effort to educate oxygen users about traveling and flying with oxygen, we’ve created this guide to assist in planning your next flight. By planning well, you can ensure you that you can have an enjoyable and successful trip.

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  • Greeley Woman Teaches Water Aerobics to Classes that Become Family

    Here at the Oxygen Concentrator Store by American Medical, there’s nothing that brings us more joy than hearing and seeing the freedom an oxygen concentrator can bring our customers. Kelly Ragan, writer for The Greeley Tribune, highlights an oxygen user taking back their freedom in her article Greeley Woman Teaches Water Aerobics to Classes That Become Like Family.

    Diana Bleignier thought she'd grow up to be an elementary school teacher. She had a gift for interacting with people and instruction, so it seemed like a natural fit. But she didn't end up in a classroom. She wound up in a pool.

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  • Smoking and Oxygen Therapy: What You Need to Know

    Using supplemental oxygen can be a life-saving therapy for many people. However, with the benefits comes responsibilities to using your machine safely. One of the most dangerous activities you can do around oxygen is smoking. The reason oxygen is so dangerous is because while normal air has 21 percent oxygen, supplemental oxygen can deliver up 90 percent pure oxygen, which can create an environment where fires can easily ignite and burn very quickly.

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  • Sleeping with Continuous Flow Oxygen Concentrators

    Your ability to get adequate sleep directly influences your cognitive health. If you require a continuous oxygen concentrator throughout the night, the last thing you want is an obstacle to a good night’s sleep. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss continuous oxygen concentrators that are optimized for sleep.

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  • 2017 Senior Vacation Destination Getaways for Phoenix

    Phoenix is an exciting destination to visit for senior travelers. With its warm weather, bright sunshine, amazing desert scenery and sightseeing destinations Phoenix provides you with the perfect setting for taking along your portable oxygen concentrator. If you want to get the most out of your vacation in Phoenix, make sure you stop by the following hotspots.

    For breathtaking views, drive up to Dobbins Point on South Mountain. As the largest municipal park in the United States, Dobbins Point offers a majestic panorama over the Phoenix Valley. You can go during the day and enjoy a picnic, or go in the evening for a sunset viewing you’ll never forget. Keep in mind that the road to the top of South Mountain is windy. Hiring a driver might be a good option if you tend to get nervous behind the wheel.

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  • 2017 Top Rated Portable Oxygen Concentrators

    We are a few weeks into 2017 and it’s time to roundup the top three oxygen concentrators of this year.

    With some amazing technology that has impacted the market this year, there are innovations that have made oxygen concentrators better than ever before. In this post, we will go over our top three best-selling portable oxygen concentrators for this year so far.

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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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  • Diet Tips and Nutrition Guide for People with COPD

    Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be challenging, and it is important to engage in good eating habits, balancing your nutrition, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, your doctor has probably already told you all this information but not necessarily given you tips or advice on how to get there.

    Dealing with COPD and managing your diet and weight doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re overweight, your doctor may have recommended you lose weight so you can breathe easier. With that in mind, it’s also crucial not to lose too much weight. Being underweight is not healthy for COPD patients because it results in lower energy levels and poorer prognosis.

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  • Healthy Foods to Eat for COPD

    When you suffer from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the constant lack of airflow into your lungs usually manifests itself in the lack of energy and chronic illness.

    To help reduce the symptoms of COPD and increase your quality of life, you may want to eat a diet that is rich in superfoods. Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods beneficial for optimal health and well-being. Consider the following items the next time you go to the grocery store.

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  • An In-Depth Look at the Invacare Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator

    One of the lightest and smallest portable oxygen concentrators available, the Invacare Platinum Mobile Concentrator has users’ mobility and comfort in mind. Invacare designed this unit to be discreet but robust, packing the power of a daily oxygen concentrator inside one of the smallest footprints seen today. The size makes it ideal for those who don’t want to give up their independence, and its long battery life, durability and water resistance make it perfect for traveling.

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