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."
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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.
American Medical Sales and Repair and its Oxygen Concentrator Store brings both continuous flow and pulse portable oxygen concentrators to a flexible rental program that delivers therapeutic mobility and opens travel to COPD patients.
CENTENNIAL, CO – Pulmonary therapy patients who use oxygen concentrators to maintain an active lifestyle face difficulties in planning travel because home respiratory units are not portable and patients can’t be off of oxygen for extended periods of time. American Medical Sales and Rentals and its Oxygen Concentrator Store, the country’s largest online purveyor of such equipment, recently revised its portable oxygen concentrator rental program to bring these patients the flexibility they need for therapeutic mobility and travel.
“We have expanded our rental fleet of portable oxygen units from three popular brand name units to four and added the two newest and lightest units. The fleet now gives patients four options for pulse concentrators and two options for continuous flow concentrators,” says Jennifer Hopkins, AMSR CEO and Partner. “We have also added daily rentals (7-day minimum) to our formerly weekly-only rental programs so patients have the flexibility of paying for just the mobility they require.”
The Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator is one of only a few oxygen concentrators that the FAA has approved for use on commercial airline flights. Learn the steps on preparing to flying with the Respironics EverGo.
Things You'll Need:
- Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator
- Extra Batteries
Flying with the Respironics EverGo Oxygen Concentrator is trouble-free as long as you follow a few important steps before your flight.
Contact the airline that you are using to make sure they allow the Respironics EverGo on the airline during flights. Most of the larger airlines allow Oxygen Concentrators during flights. The airline will require that you submit a written prescription. Please notify the airline a month in advance and let them know you will be using the Respironics EverGo during flight.
Inogen has announced the release of the new Inogen One G2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator. The Inogen G2 is to be released April 2010 and Inogen has advertising this as the oxygen concentrator that has it all.
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Mar 04, 2010 – Inogen has announced the release of the new Inogen One G2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator. The Inogen G2 is to be released April 2010 and Inogen has advertising this as the oxygen concentrator that has it all. It is an improvement on their original concentrator the Inogen One released in late 2004. The G2 is designed to be more patient friendly and easier to use.