Oxygen Concentrators

Get all the latest news and information on oxygen concentrators. We share everything you need to know about stationary oxygen concentrators and portable models. Learn about the newest technology in oxygen concentrators as soon as it comes out.
  • What is a Nebulizers

    A nebulizer is a device used to administer medication as a mist inhaled into the lungs. They are commonly used to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. Medication is added to the machine as a liquid, and then changed into a mist in order to be inhaled. This method is preferable to ingestion or other delivery methods because it targets the respiratory tract directly. This speeds the onset of the medication and reduces some side effects.

    Nebulizers use oxygen, compressed air, or ultrasonic power to break up the medications into small aerosol droplets. An aerosol is a mixture of gas and liquid particles, such as mist. To inhale a medication, it’s necessary for these aerosol droplets to be extremely small, or they will only be absorbed by the mouth rather than lower airways where they are needed. Unfortunately, not all nebulizers are able to achieve the small size necessary, so some research is warranted.

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  • Explaining Oxygen Concentrators

    Oxygen concentrators are medical devices used to assist patients who require more oxygen than is available in the ambient air. Oxygen therapy is a common method of treatment for many lung and respiratory conditions. An oxygen concentrator is a considerably safer and more convenient alternative to compressed oxygen tanks.

    An oxygen concentrator has two cylinders filled with a substance called zeolite, which removes nitrogen from the air. One cylinder is pressurized and the nitrogen is absorbed, while in the second chamber it’s allowed to dissipate back into the surrounding air.  Concentrators are available that handle various flow rates and concentrations to meet the individual needs of the patient.

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  • What is an Oxygen Tent

    Oxygen tents aren’t as common as they once were because of the development of better technology. They are exactly what they sound like: a tent or plastic covering that can go over a person’s head or cover them entirely and provided increased oxygen. Humidity can also be controlled inside an oxygen tent, and at times they are used for that purpose alone. They are commonly used to help small children with breathing problems.

    Oxygen tents can be used to cover a child’s crib, tucking under the mattress, and providing oxygen therapy. This is often more comfortable than attempting to use an oxygen mask with babies. If a child is suffering from a severe breathing problem, such as croup, they may be put in an oxygen tent. This can be frightening for a child, so it’s important to be nearby to help them stay calm.

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  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators 101

    Basics: there are two types of portable oxygen concentrators; one type only does Pulse Dose and the other does both Pulse Dose and Continuous Flow.

    When a doctor writes an order for oxygen in Liters/LPM (liters per minute), that implies Continuous Flow oxygen and not Pulse Dose. The reason for this is that LPM is literally measuring the flow of oxygen over the course of one minute. A machine that does Pulse Dose outputs the oxygen in puffs, or “on-demand.” It’s not flowing continuously, but only when the patient inhales and triggers the machine. So a Pulse Dose machine will never truly deliver liters per minute, because it is not able to. The Pulse Dose only machines give the “puffs” an arbitrary number to coincide with the size of the puff. A single puff is actually measured in terms of the volume, or size, of the puff. To clarify, think of the puff as if it were a drop of water instead. The pulse dose setting is measuring the size of the drop, as opposed to how quickly it’s running down the window pane.

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  • Preventative Maintenance for your Oxygen Concentrator

    It is now 2011 and the team at American Medical wants to pass on a friendly reminder that your oxygen concentrators need some cleaning. Replacing the internal hepa filter annually and washing the side filters will improve the operation and increase the life of your unit. The preventative maintenance procedures recommended by each supplier are as follows:

    Respironics EverGo: Rinse and completely dry the side gross particle filter weekly/bi-weekly depending on the use of the machine

    Respironics EverFlo: Change internal hepa filter annually/bi-annually depending on the environment and use of he machine

    SeQual Eclipse: A Preventative Maintenance (PM) service is recommended by the manufacturer.   This includes replacing the 9-volt internal alarm battery, and bacteria, internal hepa and gross particle filters.   This procedure can only be completed by an authorized service center because it involves opening up the unit. 

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