What is an Oxygen Concentrator Christmas tree adapter?

An oxygen concentrator Christmas tree isn't a festive decoration that you put up in your home – it's used as an important little piece of hardware that helps to make sure the oxygen tubing stays in place on the concentrator.

The Christmas tree adapter gets its name from its shape and appearance. It looks like a Christmas tree, with it's conical shape and tiers that resemble the branches on a pine tree. It's also always or more often than not, a green color. It's an easy name because it describes how it looks in a way that most people can understand.

Why would you need to use an oxygen concentrator Christmas tree?

A Christmas tree adapter comes in handy when the oxygen tubing does not fit properly on the default nipple of the oxygen concentrator. The Christmas tree adapter works to keep the tubing in place and to limit any leaks when the concentrator is trying to deliver oxygen to the patient.

The tiered “branches” of the Christmas tree hold the tubing in place and keep it secure, so you won't need to worry about it slipping off. Secure tubing is especially important if you are using it while you're sleeping because it can be difficult to notice that it is slipping off while you are asleep.

The bottom of the Christmas tree adapter features a nut that can be screwed onto the nipple of the oxygen outlet on your concentrator. Twist the adapter on until it is snug. You won't have to worry about it coming loose until you decide to unscrew it.

Where can I buy an oxygen concentrator Christmas tree adapter?

You can purchase a Christmas tree adapter at medical equipment stores. They also sell them where welding supplies are sold, but you should contact a medical equipment retailer and inquire because they will be able to match you up with what you need.

How do I know if I need a Christmas tree adapter?

If the end of the rubber tubing feels loose or slides off of the oxygen outlet on your oxygen concentrator, you should get a Christmas tree adapter. There's nothing more annoying than using your oxygen concentrator, and having to reattach the tubing because it keeps popping off.

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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