Oxygen Concentrators

Oxygen concentrators are a cost-effective way for those who need oxygen to receive daily or supplemental oxygen. Unlike tanks, oxygen concentrators don't ever run out of oxygen. They instead pull in regular room air, filter out some of the other gases present and deliver a concentrated, medical dose of oxygen. The concentration is not 100 percent pure, but instead it is a medical grade concentration of oxygen.

Learn More About Types of Concentrators: Portable Oxygen v. Home Oxygen

There are two types of oxygen concentrators: a portable oxygen concentrator and a stationary oxygen concentrator. A stationary or home oxygen concentrator usually features built-in wheels and is powered by AC current (plugging it into the wall). Home oxygen concentrators are able to product higher liter-per-minute flows of oxygen than their portable counterparts.

A portable oxygen concentrator is a smaller oxygen concentrator that runs off of a battery rather than just an AC current. Now, it is possible to run a portable concentrator off of an AC current, in-fact, that is how they charge. Portable Oxygen Concentrators also come with a DC power cord. This allows you to use the concentrator while you drive or ride in a car without using the battery.

Learn More About How Oxygen Concentrators Work: Continuous Flow vs Pulse Dose

A continuous flow oxygen concentrator is continually delivering a concentrated dose of oxygen to the patient. Continuous flow oxygen can be measured in liters-per-minute (LPM).

A pulse dose oxygen concentrator will deliver concentrated bursts, or pulses of oxygen, every time you take a breath. These pulse doses of oxygen are measured in what is called a bolus output. Pulse dose oxygen concentrators are usually lighter and smaller, but not every oxygen patient is capable of using a pulse dose oxygen concentrator.

When determining which oxygen concentrator you should use, always refer to your doctor.

Advantages of an Oxygen Concentrator over a Tank

  • On Demand Oxygen that Never Runs Out
  • A One Time Expense Rather than a Monthly Fee to Fill Tanks
  • The Oxygen Concentrators we sell are FAA Approved
  • Built-in Safety Alarms if the Oxygen Concentration Drops Below Medical Grade

Learn More About Some Challenges for the Industry

There is always a demand for a lighter, smaller, quieter oxygen concentrator. The problem is that the quieter the concentrator, the bigger it usually is. The smaller concentrators typically aren't capable of continuous flow at all and they are louder than bigger concentrators. The reason being that the compressor has to work harder if it is a smaller.

If the patient needs a liter-per-minute flow of 6 or more, there are only a few machines capable of this and they are bigger and louder than 5 liter oxygen concentrators.

Another consideration is the aesthetics of the concentrator. Since a stationary concentrator is designed for the home, many customers have come to regard it as a piece of furniture, rather than just a tool for providing oxygen. The Caire Companion 5 was designed to be more aesthetically pleasing than some other competing models.

Learn More About The Future of Concentrators
Single solution portable oxygen concentrators are designed to be the only piece of oxygen equipment in your home. This technology will continue to improve with time, but there are a few machines that can achieve this purpose now. The Oxlife Independence 24/7 and SeQual Eclipse 5 are both designed to be used as a portable or stationary unit. However, the limitation with this machine is that it cannot support a continuous flow setting of 4 or higher.

When people are using portable oxygen concentrators for traveling, especially on long flights, they need a longer battery life. Most airlines require that you have 1-1/2 times the flight time in battery life. Due to this need, we will likely see longer and longer battery lives in our concentrators. One brand that does this very well is Inogen. An Inogen one g3 battery is capable of up to 8 hours of run time. When you order an Inogen One G3 from Vitality Medical, we give you two of these long-life batteries. That is up to 16 hours of battery life, amazing!

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