Delivering Oxygen To Individuals With Breathing-Related Disorders
What is an Oxygen Concentrator?
Until now, oxygen concentrators have been very similar – heavy, bulky, noisy, or require frequent maintenance. The EverFlo from Respironics is a unique stationary concentrator that delivers the features homecare providers want and patients deserve.
An oxygen concentrator is a type of medical device used for delivering oxygen to individuals with breathing-related disorders. Individuals whose oxygen concentration in their blood is lower than normal often require an oxygen concentrator to replace that oxygen.
Generally, you can’t buy an oxygen concentrator over the counter. A doctor must prescribe it after they’ve completed a thorough medical evaluation.
Oxygen concentrators filter surrounding air, compressing it to the required density and then delivering purified medical grade oxygen into a pulse-dose delivery system or continuous stream system to the patient.
It’s also equipped with special filters and sieve beds which help remove Nitrogen from the air to ensure delivery of completely purified oxygen to the patient. These devices also come with an electronic user interface so you can adjust the levels of oxygen concentration and delivery settings. You then inhale the oxygen through the nasal cannula or special mask.
You generally measure the oxygen concentrator output in LPM (liters per minute). Your doctor will determine what level of oxygen you need, which may vary at rest, during sleep, and when you exercise.
Lightweight – only 31 lbs.
Smaller and sleeker
Easy to store and transport
Simpler for patients to use and maintain
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How Does an Oxygen Concentrator Work?
Think of an oxygen concentrator as a window air conditioner — it takes air in, changes it and delivers it in a different form. The oxygen concentrator takes air in and purifies it for use by individuals who require medical oxygen because of low levels of oxygen in their blood.
It works by:
Compressing air as the cooling mechanism keeps the concentrator from becoming overheated
Taking air in from its surroundings
Using an electronic interface to adjust delivery settings
Removing nitrogen from the air through sieve beds and a filter
Delivering purified oxygen through a mask or nasal cannula
Patients who required oxygen therapy in the past mainly relied on pressurized oxygen tanks. Even though these tanks are extremely effective, they’re also fairly inefficient with the suppliers having to visit the patients regularly to replenish their oxygen supply in their tank.