Oxygen Therapy Accessories That Make Your Day Easier

You have your home or portable oxygen concentrator and your days have already gotten easier because of the convenience of the machines themselves. Here are three things that you will likely need to get if you have some sort of oxygen concentrator.

A Handheld Portable Pulse Oximeter

If you are out and about or feeling a little sick or run down at home, you can use a pulse oximeter to check your blood oxygen level as well as your heart rate. This has the same function as the one that is hooked up to a machine at the hospital or doctor's office, only without the need for cords and a machine on a stand. You would place your finger inside the pulse oximeter, and the reading would show up on the digital screen.

Handheld, at home pulse oximeters<, such as the Nonin 9550 are lightweight, inconspicuous and not much more than one finger-width wide. You can keep them handy by slipping the oximeter into the small leather case and clipping it to your belt. With a model such as the Roscoe Medical Finger Pulse Oximeter, it only requires two AAA batteries. You can turn the oximeter on for continued use overnight or for a few hours, or for a quick spot check. It's recommended that you get some rechargeable AAA batteries and a battery charger, which will save you money on batteries in the long run, if you are using your pulse oximeter for extended periods of time.

Backpacks and Carry Bags

Some portable oxygen concentrators have carry bags or backpacks that are specifically designed for their size and shape, while others will easily fit inside and function well inside any carry bag that is big enough. A backpack or carry bag is essential if you have a portable oxygen concentrator. You wouldn't want to be carrying the machine around in your arms as you travel, or move about the house during oxygen therapy.

The strap of the carry bag is laid across your shoulders and can be adjusted to the length comfortable for you. A carry bag is more convenient if you will need to turn off your machine after a short amount of time, since the controls of the machine will be easy to access and will only be at your side, instead of on your back. Carry bags that are designed for certain machines will open where the controls are on the machine through a flap or a zipper.

Mobile Carts

You can transport your oxygen concentrator safely to your destination using mobile cart that looks like a book bag on wheels, such as with the rolling case for the DeVilibss Igo Deluxe. If you have a different model, search for the rolling case for your specific model for a compatible fit. Since home oxygen concentrators are larger and weigh more, moving it around on a cart makes it much easier if you find it necessary to move it from one place to another. A rolling cart that fits your oxygen concentrator, without the travel case, might be necessary to move it around the house with you if you need to get things done.

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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