What Is the difference between pulse dose and continuous flow oxygen?

Pulse dose (or pulse flow), provides a small puff of oxygen to the patient every time they take a breath. Alternatively, continuous flow provides the patient a steady stream of oxygen. There have been multiple studies done as to the pros and cons of each.

Difference Between Pulse and Continuous Oxygen Units

Pulse Units
Pulse does delivery goes by many names including: pulse flow, conserving device, and a puffer. Pulse flow, as the name “puffer” suggests, puffs or pulses air into your nasal passage way, through a cannula, with each breath. This means that with pulse, oxygen is delivered every time you take a breath in. Should the rate of your breathing increase the oxygen concentrator will react automatically and release another “pulse” of oxygen as needed.

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Continuous Units
Continuous flow, is the most common type of oxygen delivery. Continuous flow continuously flows oxygen at a steady and specified rate. Continuous flow is easiest to understand when you liken it to a water fountain. When you turn on a water fountain, water streams out at a somewhat steady pace. If the water fountain were flowing at 1 liter per minute and you were to drink from said stream the likelihood of you consuming 1 complete liter of water in your singular drink highly unlikely. The same applies for a continuous flow machine, there will naturally be excess oxygen wasted due to the state of constant oxygen delivery.

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