Setting Up Your Respironics SimplyGo Concentrator

You don't need any special knowledge or tools to start using the Respironics Simplygo oxygen machine. Even though we walk you through the set it up, you should still read the user manual to get to know the ins and outs of the unit. It's great that you're using the smallest continuous flow portable oxygen concentrator that is currently on the market!

When you receive your Simplygo, make sure you unpack the box close to an electrical outlet. Pull out the packaging materials, and don't throw any of it away yet. In the package, you'll find your cannula and rubber tubing, AC and DC power cords, travel case, mobile cart, batteries and other necessary accessories, so that you can start using your Simplygo right away.

Be sure to look over the manual to get thoroughly acquainted with the machine. When removing the unit from the box, use the handle to lift it up. It only weighs 10 lbs, but you might want someone else to lift it for you and place it where you want to use it. This can be a table or the floor next to you, but make sure you're in a well-ventilated location.

The air intake and exhaust vents shouldn't be covered, or have anything blocking it within less than 6 inches away. Make sure the particle filter (located on the side and has a vent) is locked in place. You should never allow the concentrator to run without the intake filter.

Unpack the rubbing tubing and attach one end to the nozzle on top of the concentrator, located next to the control panel. Make sure it's pushed in all the way. This concentrator uses a simple, single lumen cannula.

Insert the battery through the back of the unit, with the battery's handle facing up. Make sure it locks in place. You will need to charge the battery before leaving the house, or unplugging your Simplygo to use it.

Plug the end of the power cord into the concentrator. The power port is located on the side of the unit, near the top. Make sure you've pushed it in all the way. You can now plug the power cord into a wall outlet. You'll know when it's charged all the way after you've turned it on, and a battery gauge displays on the screen, with a fully solid battery symbol.

Turn on the machine by pushing the power button (the circle with a line through the side) twice. The LED screen will light up with an introductory screen and then go to operating mode. Click the “Mode” button to select the mode you need to use (Pulse, Continuous Flow, or Sleep modes).

Use the plus and minus buttons to adjust the LPM setting to where you need it, as prescribed by your doctor. Always use the concentrator on this prescribed setting, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Place the nasal cannula so that the prongs align with your nose, and the two sides of the cannula tubing are securely resting behind your ears. Slide the cannula adjuster up or down to where it feels comfortable secure under your chin. Be sure to use the Simplygo for the amount of time required for your prescribed dose. When you turn it off, press the power button twice.

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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