One of the most significant advantages of oxygen concentrators is the lack of those bulky, heavy and conspicuous oxygen tanks. Instead of dragging around an oxygen tank, your concentrator provides oxygen in a mobile, discreet, and powerful unit. That convenience does come with some small maintenance, but cleaning and maintaining an oxygen concentrator is straightforward and simple — including the all-important filter.
How To for your Oxygen Needs
“I just got my Invacare Perfecto 2. I want to make sure it lasts me a long time, and I was wondering about the best ways to care for it. The user manual explains what needs to be done to maintain the Invacare Perfecto 2, but I was wondering what are the best things to use to clean it, when should order a new filter, etc. I was also wondering how it works when it comes time for the maintenance that I can't really do myself. Thanks. - Rebecca J.”
Thanks for your questions, Rebecca! The Perfecto 2 was a great choice, because of how low maintenance it is.
The Inogen One G3 is one of the best portable oxygen concentrators on the market. Like all the others, it still needs maintenance, and will require replacement parts to keep it in good working order.
This important piece of medical equipment needs to be constantly working to the best of its abilities because you rely on it for your health.
One of the major parts that will need to be replaced is the Column pairs, which are the sieve beds of the Inogen One G3. The sieve bed works to filter out nitrogen from the air coming into the concentrator. It's the second filter that the air passes through to be concentrated into oxygen.
You can keep your portable oxygen concentrator working at peak performance for as long as it should, by taking proper care of it. It should be treated just like any other electronic piece of equipment. Since you need it to help keep you healthy, it should be treated with even more care.
There's a good reason why oxygen concentrators are gaining more and more popularity over the use of oxygen tanks. You no longer have to order oxygen refills, which ends up saving you money in the long run. Oxygen concentrators are called so, because they take in the air around them and concentrate it into a much higher purity of oxygen.
Another reason someone might choose an oxygen concentrator over tanks, is the fact that you can use them during a flight. There are many portable oxygen concentrators that are pre-approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Even though you need to recharge your portable concentrator's battery, they are still more convenient to most people than tanks.
If you need oxygen therapy, and you want to use an oxygen concentrator, the first thing you'll need to do is talk to your doctor. If he or she thinks one would be right for you, they might help you choose one. Either way, you will need your oxygen dosage prescription to order an oxygen concentrator from a reputable, accredited seller.
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.
A portable oxygen concentrator is necessary if you need to use oxygen for most of the day or all day. There are some doses of medical oxygen therapy that only the larger stationary oxygen concentrators can cover, but if you need a dose of 3 LPM or less of continuous flow, or a pulse dose, you will be able to use a portable oxygen concentrator.
This dosage of oxygen will be prescribed by your doctor, and it's determined by testing done to see if this is what you need. To purchase a medical grade portable oxygen concentrator, or any other type of medical oxygen equipment, you will need to present your prescription to a medical supply company.
Your doctor has just determined that you need to use oxygen therapy on a regular basis, and you've decided that you want to use a portable oxygen concentrator. There are a few things to consider when you are thinking about treating your COPD, or other condition, by using a portable oxygen concentrator:
Will it meet my dosage needs?
Will I be able to use it long enough before I need to stop and recharge the battery, or can I get extra batteries?
The Eclipse line of portable oxygen concentrators has a history of high quality and ground-breaking concentrators that have made it easier and more convenient to receive oxygen therapy. If you recently upgraded from the Eclipse 3 to the newest mobile unit, the Eclipse 5, you might have done so for at least one really good reason – the batteries from one Eclipse to another are all compatible.
There are a few other good reasons to upgrade to the Eclipse 5 from the 3, even if you feel like the Eclipse 3 is mostly the same, and you're already happy with it. The Eclipse 3 is already a great portable oxygen concentrator, but there are a couple major differences between the two that might make you change your mind. Here they are:
You should be able to take your portable concentrator pretty much anywhere you want to go, and that's why it's important to make sure it's protected from the elements. Just like any electronic, it can be damaged by moisture. The sun's rays can cause it to wear out and fade, and dirty or dusty air can get inside the vents and other tiny openings and cause it to malfunction. The protective cover is an important part of keeping your concentrator in proper working order.
The Eclipse 5's protective cover looks nice and is designed specifically for the Eclipse 5. It's made of sturdy but flexible black material. It keeps the moisture away from the concentrator and has enough of an opening around the vent so that it can still bring in air like it is supposed to.
It also has a clear thin window so you can see the control panel and push the buttons. Being able to see the display screen and press the buttons easily is very important, not only so you can operate it, but also so you can read the screen and see which setting it is on, or see what's going on if an alarm goes off.