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.

  • 11 Critical Safety Precautions For Oxygen Therapy

    Oxygen might seem like a harmless gas because we breathe it every day. However, when oxygen is purified at high concentrations, it can become very destructive. Oxygen therapy is an important medical treatment for patients who need to have supplemental oxygen, but caution must be taken to avoid injury.

    In this blog post, we will discuss 11 important safety precautions to take into consideration if you are on oxygen therapy. First, let us discuss 2 critical reasons why you should always handle oxygen carefully.

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  • Oxygen for Dogs: Portable Oxygen Therapy for Our Canine Friends

    Using a portable oxygen therapy, or any oxygen therapy for your dog should be treated just like any kind of oxygen therapy that a human patient would use. A veterinarian would determine whether or not your dog would need oxygen therapy. If need be, he or she would prescribe the amount of oxygen your dog needs.

    You should never change your pet’s oxygen dosage without your vet telling you to, and you have to make sure that the oxygen is properly administered to your dog.

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  • Senior-Friendly Activities in New York

    As the largest city in the United States, New York City boasts a population of over 8 million. While this urban hub is bustling with people of all generations, many seniors are thriving as residents of the city. Everything from day-to-day necessities to social events to world-renowned arts and culture are within an arm’s reach in New York, making it an accessible place for older adults to call home.

    In a city like New York, seniors shouldn’t miss out on the many events and activities at their fingertips. So, read on to learn more about our top senior activities in the Big Apple!

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  • How to Prevent Dry Nose, Throat and Mouth Due to Oxygen Therapy

    If you are using oxygen therapy for more than a few hours a day, one of the problems you might encounter is an uncomfortable, dry feeling in your throat, nose, or mouth. Many people deal with these issues when they first start using oxygen therapy, and they either get used to them, or they find a solution.

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  • Senior-Friendly Activities in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is known for its vibrant tourism industry. But, seniors living in Las Vegas also have plenty of remarkable programs and activities at their disposal. From vibrant community social groups to scenic trails and stellar arts institutions, Las Vegas seniors can fill their schedules with ease.

    We rounded up a collection of senior-friendly activities in Las Vegas to suit a variety of interests. Whether you’re a senior looking to stay active, get involved, or learn a new skill in Las Vegas, we have you covered.

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  • CPAP Troubleshooting – Fixing a Leak in a CPAP Mask

    "Why CPAP mask leaks?", "How to get correct air pressure from the CPAP machine?" and "Which CPAP mask is best for me?" are some questions arising from a common issue - air leakage from CPAP mask. A leaky CPAP mask is a serious problem. If air is escaping from your mask, that means you aren't getting the proper air pressure you need to treat your sleep apnea completely. It can also cause discomfort in the airways and nasal passages, causing them to dry out and become irritated, even with the use of the CPAP humidifier.

    The air coming from your CPAP machine through the mask is supposed to act as a splint to hold your airways open while you sleep. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you might need a higher air pressure than someone with a less severe case of sleep apnea.

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  • Activities and Events For Reno Seniors

    Reno, Nevada is dubbed "The Biggest Little City in the World" for its small-town feel combined with a population of nearly 250,000 residents. Renoites are proudly connected to their community and the many attractions that it has to offer, with thousands of tourists pouring into the city all year round. But, despite the city’s buzzing touristry department, Reno is also committed to supporting their senior residents through special services and recreation.

    Seniors in Reno have access to many activities across the city. From staying fit and active to enjoying arts and culture, there’s no shortage of senior-friendly activities in Reno. So, here’s a selection of our favorites.

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  • An In-Depth Review of the Respironics SimplyGo Mini Portable Concentrator

    A lightweight, long-lasting and easy-to-carry portable oxygen concentrator, the Philips Respironics SimplyGo Mini truly allows its users to "simply go" anywhere they want to go. It is the smallest and lightest mobile oxygen machine within the Philips Respironics line, and with just the standard battery, this powerful machine can last up to 4.5 hours. With the extended battery, the SimplyGo Mini will stay powered for up to nine hours—enough to last a whole day without worrying about the next charge or your oxygen supply.

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  • Affordable Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Users on a Budget

    Portable oxygen concentrators are sophisticated electronic machines and medical equipment, which filter the air around you into highly concentrated oxygen that you can breathe. Because of this reason, most oxygen concentrators in general aren't cheap. Portable oxygen concentrators cost even more, because they need to be able to house and run off of a battery while going mobile.

    There are certain models that are less expensive than others – not because they are inferior or because they don't have the best features or the high settings. Here are three of the best of the least expensive portable oxygen concentrator models on the market today.

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  • An In-Depth Review on the Inogen One G4 Concentrator

    At a weight of just 2.8 pounds including a single battery, the Inogen One G4 Portable Oxygen Concentrator, released in May 2016, has quickly become a favorite among oxygen users that wish to maintain their active lifestyles. Producing "more oxygen per pound of weight" than other oxygen concentrators currently on the market, according to Inogen, it is designed for continuous use—even while those using it are still on the move.

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