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.
Oxygen Concentrator Store Blog
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.
Choose from any of our products, Respironics Evergo, Inogen One G2, SeQual Eclipse 5, and Respironics SimplyGo.
Renting a concentrator is as easy as making a phone call. Call one of our friendly customer care agents and describe your travel plans and concentrator requirements. We will help you select the unit and batteries that will fulfill all of your needs. We will ship your concentrator to arrive 24 hours before your travel begins. Unpack your unit and call us with any questions. Our customer care agents are happy to discuss any set-up questions.
Our weekly packages start at just $245. Call one of our customer care agents for more information.
Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Most people with COPD know what triggers are going to make their COPD symptoms worsen; weather and air pollution are the two biggest culprits. With the winter months upon us and the temperatures dropping, knowing how to prevent cold weather discomfort might mean the difference between staying in and going outside.
Are you or a loved one planning a trip to Colorado to visit family or go skiing over the Holidays? Don’t forget the oxygen! While the percentage of oxygen in the Colorado air is actually the same as sea level, the concentration of oxygen molecules in the air is diluted and makes the air we breathe "thinner."
If you used an oxygen concentrator 10 years ago, you know how big and heavy they used to be. Thank goodness times have changed. Today’s portable models are so small and light that now you can travel anywhere!
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has ruled that all passengers who require oxygen must be allowed to bring FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrators on all U.S. aircraft with more than 19 seats. Foreign airlines must also allow portable oxygen concentrators on all flights to and from U.S soil.
Ask a Respiratory Therapist?
By Lori Peters, RRT, AMSR Respiratory Therapist
Question: What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Answer: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that involves pauses, or periods of apnea, while someone sleeps. These pauses between breaths might last from 10 seconds to a few minutes. The severity of apnea is measured in terms of the number of times the apnea occurs over the course of an hour; this can be anywhere from 5 to 30 times or more. The apneic period ends when the patient takes his or her next breath, oftentimes with a loud snorting sound. Sleep apnea results in low nighttime blood oxygen levels and daytime sleepiness, due to the restless sleep from the night before.
On August 10, an intrepid bunch of AMSR staff, customers, and vendor reps proved that oxygen users can enjoy the high life.
The group of 10 completed a 5-mile hike near Idaho Springs, Colorado. Supplemental oxygen in tow, they left the trailhead at Summit Lake (elevation 12,840 feet) at 9 a.m. and summited scenic Mount Evans (elevation 14,264 feet) at 1:30 p.m.
by Lori Peters, RRT, AMSR Respiratory Therapist
People on oxygen therapy are typically more susceptible to respiratory viruses and bacteria. With the winter months fast-approaching, ensuring that your nasal cannula is germ-free is even more important AND good common sense!
Simply wipe down the part (prongs) that inserts into your nose, as well as the seven-foot length of tube that connects to it, with an alcohol swab once a day. If you’re on oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it might be easier for you to have two cannulas at all times—one to use while the other is being wiped down and allowed to dry.
How can I maximize battery performance?
Here are several things you can do:
1. Break In New Batteries
New batteries are “dead batteries” when they arrive at your home. This just means you need to charge them before you use them. We recommend that you fully charge your oxygen battery then use it until it “dies,” then fully charge it again. Do this for 2 to 4 cycles to prime the battery to reach its maximum-rated capacity.