A Patients Perspective of the Respironics SimplyGo at 5500 feet!

A Patients Perspective of the Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator at 5500 feet. by Roxlyn G. Cole

Having tested the new Respironics POC 'SimplyGo'(remember I live, at around 5500 ft altitude)...for hours while riding in a car as a passenger, to a Better breathers, to two funerals, ... and a couple of times really slowly on the treadmill, (did I mention the cart is a dream come true),today I put it to a really long walk on the Treadmill, I walked 2.6 miles, tested it for 95 minutes- moving up to faster pace, while switching around using different pulse values and also with 3 different oxygen delivery systems...very interesting.

The TTO ( Transtracheal oxygen system direct into my neck) consistently oxygenated close to 1% above other oxygen delivery systems.
The Oxyview glasses slightly lower than TTO, +/- 1%, then with the Salter (regular) cannula sats were trailing behind a full one to two percent lower than TTO... you might say they work: >good-cannula >better-Oxyview >best -TTO.

I am so glad I have a TTO since that helps me use POC's [or any system for that matter],more efficiently thus all will last longer for me.

As you can see, I test my oxygenation using two Nonin Onyx II oximeters (I have /use others- but they are always + or - one higher or lower (as is even the patient model Nonin Go2) so I stick with the professional model. Terry should like the shirt I wore for the second testing. (see blog below).

My walking speed the other test days was at 1 mph - boosted up to 1.5 and then 2 MPH today. Testing the Simply Go while using the pulse flow mode beginning with the highest #6 ,and then trying it lower at # 5.5, 5, 4.5 pulse settings.

Finally the lowest *I* could go and have adequate sats, was on #4 pulse - at which time -when I tried going faster at 2 mph then the MX alarm sounded with the cannula and glasses... causing erratic oximeter readings up and down, fluctuating...so I stopped, retried same thing with the TTO and then it didn't MX out until after a full five minutes of walking... it kept me at 93-94% until the MX signal. the HR a nice 111.

While sitting it holds my O2 sats nicely around 93% even as low as #1.5 pulse.

Deduction - for 'my' slow walk needs, use #4.5 pulse when not 'plugged in'- or - walk a little slower to save battery when out and about, but of course with the tread mill and plugged into an outlet - I can use as high a pulse as desired.

For someone not having the 53% diffusion problem I have, this would be one heck of a sweet machine-and at sea level it would probably be great for me too... as it is, it does work for me enough to be very helpful at times- and I am using it as a 'back up' of oxygen when I do my all day trips, it eliminates having to fill so many liquid portables.

Of course there is nothing like liquid oxygen if I want to walk 4 mph- then I require 16 liters.

It will be a while before I can chart all this ... I post about my testing as I go along on several on-line support groups... folks are very interested...then I post on the blog leading up interest in the charts later... these blog pages have some pictures of the machine, and my testing - also the last one shows the COPD+ team on Feb 28th.

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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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