Colorado is a beautiful state and is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery and great skiing getaways. If you've ever thought about visiting one of Colorado's mountain towns, such as Aspen, Copper Mountain, Vail, Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, you can look forward to some great adventures in one of the most picturesque places in the country. If you need to use oxygen therapy while you're here, you will be well taken care of with American Medical's convenient oxygen concentrator rentals and services.
Many people who have visited Colorado from other places might notice one thing about the place, even if it's not as apparent as its beauty. With an altitude as high as it is over most of the state, you can be effected by such a difference in altitude, if you're from a place that is closer to sea level. Even at an altitude of 9,602, such as Breckenridge, you can be physically effected by the change if you're used to living in a place like Ohio if you are otherwise completely healthy. If you have a chronic lung condition like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), this can end up being a bigger problem.
The air at higher altitudes is much thinner. If you go to Eagle-Vail, which is 10,078 feet above sea level, you can experience something called acute mountain sickness (AMS), which can be treated with oxygen therapy. If you've ever experienced anything like this and you still want to visit these great places, you can rent one of our oxygen concentrators just for your trip.
Most of our portable oxygen concentrator rentals have a maximum operational altitude of 10,000 feet. That takes care of most of the cities in Colorado, and that means your oxygen concentrator will be able to deliver the same oxygen purity and capacity as it would anywhere else. For locations higher than 10,000 feet, we have the powerful and versatile Sequal Eclipse 3 and 5, which will work just as well at an altitude of 13,123 feet.
If you use oxygen therapy in general and you don't have a portable oxygen concentrator, don't let that stop you from visiting one of Colorado's mountain towns. Aspen's elevation is 7,907 feet above sea level, which doesn't bother some people, while it might effect others who have sensitive lungs, or those who have a hard time bringing in enough oxygen, such as someone with COPD. Before visiting, however, you will need to talk to your doctor about how much oxygen you may need to use on your trip – at which setting you will need on an oxygen concentrator, and how long you will need to use it for your unique condition.
All of our portable oxygen concentrators are approved to brought aboard a passanger airplane, so you can already have your oxygen concentrator when you fly into town. Just be sure to contact your airline 2 weeks ahead of time to tell them you will be bringing a portable oxygen concentrator on board. They will tell you how much battery power they require for you to bring with you on your flight. They do this to make 110% sure that you will not run out of battery life at any point during your flight. We can then take this information, along with the prescription from your doctor, and put together the perfect portable oxygen concentrator rental package for you.
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