Guidelines for choosing medical oxygen concentrator
The medical oxygen concentrator or POC has been becoming more and more efficient, compact, portable, and affordable. Once an oxygen supply system that can provide you with enough battery life and oxygen to be quickly shipped to the grocery store, it is now becoming a more feasible solution for all types of oxygen-dependent patients. With the latest developments in technology and battery life, some portable concentrators are now able to help certain patients spend more time with family and friends, enjoy longer outings in town, and even travel across the country. Depending on your oxygen needs, portable systems may not be a single supplemental oxygen solution, but with the continuous development of technology, these compact oxygen systems are becoming more and more popular among oxygen-dependent patients.
With all the options available, we are often asked how to choose the right portable oxygen concentrator. This mainly depends on your oxygen needs, but it is important to understand the different types of portable equipment available and the oxygen output that can be expected from the machine you choose.
There are two types of portable oxygen concentrators on the market today: continuous flow oxygen concentrators and pulsed dose, or intermittent flow oxygen concentrators. The benefits and limitations of these two types of oxygen systems are quite different, and each type is best for a particular type of patient. Understanding the capabilities of each machine will help you determine which portable concentrator is the best solution for you.