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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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  • What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (also known as Alpha-1, antitrypsin deficiency disorder, or A1AD), is a genetic disorder—it is inherited from a parent. A1AD primarily affects the lungs and liver [1]. Often, people with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency will most often develop the symptoms of lung problems between the ages of 20 and 50.

    In some cases, oxygen therapy may be required in addition to inhaled and other medications. [2]

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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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  • COPD Experts and Patient Empowerment Sessions

    Who May attend: Any COPD Patient, Caregiver, Lung Health Professional including respiratory therapists, nurses, or anyone interested in learning more about Lung Health.

    Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
    1550 Court Place
    Denver, Co 80202
    Plaza Building, Concourse Level Plaza Ballroom (see floor diagram)

    Cost: The event is free to the public. Parking will be reimbursed to all but $6. The COPD Foundation will reimburse the remaining $6 for those who request it or are in need. Lunch will be provided free of cost for all those attending. An oxygen refill station will be on site.

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  • Directions to Our New Location

    We have moved!!

    American Medical Sales & Repair has relocated to its new facility in Centennial, Colorado!  Our new address is 7032 S Revere Parkway, Suite 320, Centennial, CO 80112. Here are directions and pictures to help you find our location. Please call us with if you have any questions, 303-799-0011.

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  • This Ol’ Heart of Mine

    February is the month of Valentines, cupid and big, red hearts.  What would February be without them all?  Especially hearts!  For those of us using supplemental oxygen, we know that our hearts pump our blood, which carries oxygen to all of our vital organs.  We can easily keep track of our blood oxygen levels by using a portable finger pulse oximeter.

    The technology behind a pulse oximeter is fairly simple: light waves read the amount of oxygen in our blood and that number is given a numerical value, based on a percentage.  It’s really that easy.

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  • New Year/New Resolutions for Oxygen Users

    We made it through the Holidays and, now, it’s that time of year again; the time when we all vow to do right by ourselves with more exercise and a more nutrient-dense, low-fat diet. For the most part, this should be pretty simple: eat less, exercise more.

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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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    Page last updated: December 20, 2018

    Sources:

    [1] Mukherjee, A. B., & Zhang, Z. (2011). Allergic Asthma: Influence of Genetic and Environmental Factors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(38), 32883–32889. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21799018
    [2] Medline Plus. Breath Sounds. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007535.htm
    [3] Prabhudesai P. (2014). Chronic Dry Cough in Allergic Respiratory Diseases: Diagnostic and Management Approach. Indian Journal of Clinical Practice, 24(11).
    [4] American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Asthma cough. https://acaai.org/asthma/symptoms/cough
    [5] WebMD. Asthma symptoms. Last reviewed: July 09, 2018 https://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-symptoms#1
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    Page last updated: December 20, 2018

    Sources:

    [1] Mukherjee, A. B., & Zhang, Z. (2011). Allergic Asthma: Influence of Genetic and Environmental Factors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(38), 32883–32889. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21799018
    [2] Murdoch, J. R., & Lloyd, C. M. (2010). Chronic inflammation and asthma. Mutation Research, 690(1-2), 24–39. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923754/

    [3] Partners Asthma Center. What Is Meant by Inflammation in Asthma? http://www.asthma.partners.org/NewFiles/Inflammation.html

    [4] Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Asthma Overview. https://acaai.org/asthma/about

    [5] Global Initiative for Asthma. Guide for Asthma Management and Prevention. Last updated: 2016. https://ginasthma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WMS-GINA-2016-main-Pocket-Guide.pdf

    [6] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. Asthma. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm

    [7] WebMD. Asthma Symptoms. Last reviewed: July 09, 2018. https://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-symptoms -->

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