Give the Gift of Oxygen Freedom this Holiday Season

If you have a good friend or family member who wants and needs a portable oxygen concentrator, but they can't quite afford one, we can think of no other gift that will make them as happy this holiday season. It's likely that they want a portable oxygen concentrator because they want to be able to go on trips, or go out and about on their errands without worrying about getting back home to use their home oxygen concentrator. They want to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, and their need for oxygen therapy shouldn't have to stand in the way of that.

If they already have a portable oxygen concentrator, they might need a new (or extra) batteries, a humidifier, or some other accessory that is compatible with what they have.

Getting your loved one their portable oxygen concentrator isn't as simple as buying them a new set of bath towels – there are a few very important factors to consider while making a selection. Battery life, dosage settings and features have to be right for the patient, as well as the size and weight according to their preferred lifestyle. While shopping, don't hesitate to call one of our customer service reps, who will assist you in finding the perfect portable oxygen concentrator gift.

Here is a guide to help you get started in finding the right portable model as the best gift your loved one will receive this holiday season.

Does your friend/loved one need... a low dose of continuous oxygen?

Our selection of small portable oxygen concentrators provide low doses of oxygen, but are great for those who are always on the move. The Respirionics SimplyGo is 10 lbs, but that is on the slightly heavier end of our small concentrators. It's one of the most in demand, because of its relatively small size, as well as its comparatively long battery life. It provides 0.5 to 2 LPM (Liters Per Minute) of continuous flow, in 0.5 increments, and pulse dose settings from the settings of 1 to 6. Customers love it because of its small size and versatility.

Does your friend/loved one need... a low dose of pulse dose oxygen?

The AirSep Freestyle, and its cousin the Freestyle 5, are popular among those who want to go jogging or hiking, and those who only need a low dose of pulse dose oxygen to meet their oxygen needs. They are both very small – 4.4 lbs and 6.2 lbs respectively – are provide a maximum of 332 ml of oxygen per minute, or up to 750 ml per minute respectively. AirSep also provides the AirSep AirBelt, which is a supplemental battery pack that is worn around the waist.

Does your friend/loved one need... special sleep technology?

Many of our portable models have an automatic, or switch mode feature that adjusts the dosage to your breath rate, which changes drastically when you fall asleep. The Lifechoice is one of those that will easily adjust, if you have to use your oxygen therapy while you are sleeping.

About 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.

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