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  • What is the Normal Oxygen Level? How to Check Your Own Oxygen Level

    If you have COPD any other chronic lung condition, you probably know what it means to have a lower than normal blood oxygen saturation level. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is just one example, but it means that your lungs' ability to bring in enough oxygen is compromised. The tiny air sacks in your lungs have been damaged, so you can't absorb enough oxygen through these sacks into your bloodstream.

    It's important to have a certain level of oxygen, versus a certain level of carbon dioxide in your blood at one time. The carbon dioxide is carried back to your lungs, where it is breathed out when you exhale. The oxygen you breathed in gets delivered to every part of your body, as part of the fuel you need to keep your body working properly.

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  • How To: Connect a CPAP Machine to Your Oxygen Concentrator

    If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, it may become necessary to use an oxygen concentrator in addition to a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is used for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This condition is when the muscles in your throat cannot support their weight while you are sleeping. Often, a first sign would be a sleeping partner mentioning or complaining about your snoring, a common symptom of sleep apnea. It’s also extremely common for the patient to feel restless and run-down when they wake up; often being accompanied by headaches and other signs of not receiving enough oxygen at night.

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  • How to Clean an Oxygen Concentrator Inlet Filter

    One of the most significant advantages of oxygen concentrators is the lack of those bulky, heavy and conspicuous oxygen tanks. Instead of dragging around an oxygen tank, your concentrator provides oxygen in a mobile, discreet, and powerful unit. That convenience does come with some small maintenance, but cleaning and maintaining an oxygen concentrator is straightforward and simple — including the all-important filter.

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  • User Question: How Do You Maintain an Invacare Perfecto2?

    “I just got my Invacare Perfecto 2. I want to make sure it lasts me a long time, and I was wondering about the best ways to care for it. The user manual explains what needs to be done to maintain the Invacare Perfecto 2, but I was wondering what are the best things to use to clean it, when should order a new filter, etc. I was also wondering how it works when it comes time for the maintenance that I can't really do myself. Thanks. - Rebecca J.”

    Thanks for your questions, Rebecca! The Perfecto 2 was a great choice, because of how low maintenance it is.

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  • How to Order an Oxygen Concentrator

    There's a good reason why oxygen concentrators are gaining more and more popularity over the use of oxygen tanks. You no longer have to order oxygen refills, which ends up saving you money in the long run. Oxygen concentrators are called so, because they take in the air around them and concentrate it into a much higher purity of oxygen.

    Another reason someone might choose an oxygen concentrator over tanks, is the fact that you can use them during a flight. There are many portable oxygen concentrators that are pre-approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Even though you need to recharge your portable concentrator's battery, they are still more convenient to most people than tanks.

    If you need oxygen therapy, and you want to use an oxygen concentrator, the first thing you'll need to do is talk to your doctor. If he or she thinks one would be right for you, they might help you choose one. Either way, you will need your oxygen dosage prescription to order an oxygen concentrator from a reputable, accredited seller.

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  • How to Use a Cannula with a Oxygen Concentrator

    If you need oxygen therapy currently, or if you ever needed oxygen at any point in your life, it was most likely delivered through a nasal cannula. A nasal cannula is the name for the rubber prongs and the attached tubing that is inserted into the nostrils, which runs along the side of the face and around the back of the head. They are also often referred to simply as nasal prongs.

    How to use a nasal cannula with your oxygen therapy equipment might seem pretty self-explanatory, but there are few things you should know about this important oxygen therapy accessory.

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  • How to Put the Protective Cover on the Eclipse 5

    You should be able to take your portable concentrator pretty much anywhere you want to go, and that's why it's important to make sure it's protected from the elements. Just like any electronic, it can be damaged by moisture. The sun's rays can cause it to wear out and fade, and dirty or dusty air can get inside the vents and other tiny openings and cause it to malfunction. The protective cover is an important part of keeping your concentrator in proper working order.

    The Eclipse 5's protective cover looks nice and is designed specifically for the Eclipse 5. It's made of sturdy but flexible black material. It keeps the moisture away from the concentrator and has enough of an opening around the vent so that it can still bring in air like it is supposed to.

    It also has a clear thin window so you can see the control panel and push the buttons. Being able to see the display screen and press the buttons easily is very important, not only so you can operate it, but also so you can read the screen and see which setting it is on, or see what's going on if an alarm goes off.

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  • How to Pay for a Oxygen Concentrator with Paypal or PayPal Credit

    You can quickly and easily pay for anything online or even in person with PayPal, and that goes for oxygen concentrators from American Medical, as well. If you're not sure what PayPal is – it's a service online that functions much like a bank, but it makes it extremely easy for you to send money, as long as there is money on your PayPal account. This is only one of the things PayPal allows you to do, but it's what you'd be doing when purchasing an oxygen concentrator from us.

    PayPal is secure and is connected to your email address. You can link your bank account to your PayPal account so you can add money to your PayPal, or you can purchase the Green Dot MoneyPak at a store that provides them, with however much money you'd like to load into your PayPal account. You would then get on the PayPal website on your account, and enter the MoneyPak card number into the appropriate box.

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  • Oxygen Concentrator Cycle of Operations

    Oxygen concentrators are used to deliver supplemental oxygen, and medical grade oxygen to patients who can't bring enough oxygen into their bodies through their lungs. Getting enough oxygen is extremely important, because our bodies use it as fuel. We need it to keep every cell in our body functioning the way they're supposed to. If we don't get enough oxygen, our bodies will begin to shut down.

    People who need oxygen concentrators do not have enough oxygen in their bloodstream, and most likely have a chronic lung disease, such as COPD or cystic fibrosis. Something is effecting lung function in such a way, that it prevents the lungs from breathing in enough oxygen, and functioning the way a healthy person's lungs would. In the case of emphysema, it's the lung's tiny air sacks that are damaged, or in the case of cystic fibrosis, the lungs produce excessive mucus that makes it much harder to breathe.

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  • How to Clean an Oxygen Concentrator

    It's easy to keep your oxygen concentrator in good working order as long as you keep it clean and well maintained. Cleaning your portable oxygen concentrator, on the inside and the the filter, will prevent you from needing to buy a new one as soon as you would have, if you didn't keep up on the maintenance. If you have a portable oxygen concentrator, you'll also want to keep it clean so that it will look nicer when you take it out in public.

    How to Clean The Outside of Your Oxygen Concentrator

    Like all electronics, your oxygen concentrator is going to collect dirt and dust, and it will come in contact with substances that will make it slightly sticky, which will make the dirt and dust stick to it. Even if you try to avoid it, these things seem to get on the surface just anyway, just because you are using it. It's easy to clean the outside, especially if you do it before it gets really dirty.

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