High Flow Stationary Oxygen Concentrators

Sometimes an oxygen concentrator with a high flow is necessary to meet a patient's oxygen requirements. A higher setting is often needed for more severe cases of low oxygen in the blood stream. When someone with healthy lungs takes a breath, they are really only breathing in 21% oxygen in the air. For someone with moderate to severe COPD, that percent will be much lower.

"High flow" Units have settings that go as high as 10 LPM (liters per minute) of continuous flow. Some can only go up to 5 LPM, while the highest settings that POCs have are 3 LPM and 196 ml/min of pulse dose oxygen.

To clarify, continuous flow oxygen settings put out a constant flow of air through the nasal cannula or mask. Pulse dose releases oxygen in pulses, also referred to as a bolus. Some portable oxygen concentrators have both continuous flow and pulse dose settings, while some only have pulse dose settings. Stationary unit only have continuous flow settings.

Portable concentrators can't be high flow because they need to be small enough to carry around comfortably. High flow continuous flow oxygen concentrators are more powerful, and need to be larger to hold all the inner workings needed to run on high settings.

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This might change in the coming years, however, with the advancement in medical technology. Oxygen concentrators, both portable and stationary, are getting smaller and smaller. Possibly in a few years, we might see the release of a portable oxygen concentrator that can be as small as the ones now, yet offer 4 LPM or 5 LPM of continuous flow oxygen.

The high flow units with up to 10 LPM are the Invacare Platinum 10, and the Respirionics Millenium 10.

They also have a built-in humidifier that can be used on the higher settings. The humidifier is necessary on the higher oxygen settings, because the higher flow of air can be much drier and more irritating to the airways. The humidity from the built-in humidifier helps to cut down on irritation and issues like a bloody nose or sore throat. You may even need to use this on the lower settings during particularly dry times of the year.

High flow oxygen concentrators are larger and heavier than the ones that only go up to 5 LPM. The heaviest and largest is the AirSep Intensity 10, which weighs in at 58 lbs and stands at 27.5 inches tall and 16.5 inches wide.

The Invacare Platinum 10, and the Respirionics Millenium 10 both weigh 53 pounds and are both around 18 to 19 inches tall. The AirSep Intensity can be used as a nebulizer machine. Despite their weight, they can still be easily taken from one room to another because of the wheels on the bottom.

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.

17 thoughts on “High Flow Stationary Oxygen Concentrators”

  • Mike Murray

    Please send me info on both Invacare Platinum 10 and Respirionics Millenium 10. I am an athlete and want to absorb good oxygen during my resting state and sleep. I want 10 LPM or higher if this is safe for the body

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  • Robert McCormick
    Robert McCormick November 20, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I'm interested in high flow units

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Robert. I will have an Oxygen Specialist reach out to you regarding your request. For immediate assistance you're welcome to contact us directly via 877-774-9271 or [email protected]

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  • Frank Swercheck

    My father-in-law is in need of a hi-flow stationary oxygen generator. Please send me info on the Platinum 10 and the Respirionics Millenium 10. Can the info be sent via e-mail or does it need to be mailed?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Frank. I have passed along your request to one of our Oxygen Specialists who will reach out shortly regarding your request. For more immediate assistance, feel free to give us a call at 877-774-9271.

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  • John

    Is anyone ever going to make a high flow portable concentrator that patients that need a high flow to travel ?? So i can travel by plane again ???? Thanks..

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  • Jack geers

    Interested in high volume 10LPM will Medicare pay for this equipment?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, Jack. Have you already inquired with your Medicare provider if they will provide this equipment for you? The first step is to ask your provider first!

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  • cristina sloane
    cristina sloane April 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Info on all high flow please

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 9, 2018 at 3:29 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Michael Ford

    Looking for info, specs and pricing on a 10 liter per minute continuous flow O2 concentrator. My father is on a 5 liter unit now and it is not meeting his needs

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman August 23, 2018 at 5:03 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Jonny Fitzsimons
    Jonny Fitzsimons August 22, 2018 at 4:01 am

    For a patient that needs extremely high oxygen flow in order to return home from the hospital, is it possible to connect multiple 10lpm units to deliver a total of 40+ lpm?

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman August 23, 2018 at 3:30 am

      Due to the high oxygen flow output that you are in need of it is recommended that you consult with your doctor to see if this will a viable solution for you.

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  • Janet Maranville
    Janet Maranville November 11, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I am 69yrs old and just got out of the hospital. I need to be on Oxygen 24/7 & I have extreme anxiety. I am so afraid of losing power & having NO Oxygen. Can you send me some info on Battery Oxygen? Thank you

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman November 12, 2018 at 4:21 am

      Hi Janet, I have passed along your request to one of our oxygen specialist and they will be reaching out to you shortly. In the meantime feel free to give us a call at 888-360-989 or if you prefer email [email protected] We look forward to helping you with your oxygen needs.

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