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Questions about our Oxygen Concentrators

How does an Oxygen Concentrator work?

What Portable Oxygen Concentrator is best for me?

I am on 2 Litres per minute - What Portable Oxygen Concentrator would work for me?

On-demand and Continuous flow... What is the difference?

Can I use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator during the night?

What is an Oxygen Concentrator used for?

Do I have to be prescribed to purchase a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

I suffer from Sleep Apnoea, Can I still use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

Can I use a mask with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

I will be using my Oxygen concentrator in a smoking environment, Will this cause any problems?

  

How does an Oxygen Concentrator work?  

The air that we breath contains around 21% Oxygen with the remaining majority made up of mostly nitrogen and other gases that the body doesn't need. An Oxygen concentrator takes in this air and separates it through a row of molecular sieves which contains a non-hazardorous chemical, leaving a high concentration of Oxygen of around 90%. For a full breakdown of how an oxygen concentrator works, click here

 What Portable Oxygen Concentrator is best for me?  

The Portable Oxygen Concentrators we stock are all different. They vary in size, weight, battery life, warranty length, how much each machine is capable in delivering oxygen and more.

Generally speaking, here at Intermedical, we consider three factors when recommending you a Portable Oxygen Concentrator;

1) Suitability - Judging by your current flow rate, we can tell which units would be suitable and which are not.            

2) The Long Term - Unfortunately Chronic lung conditions such as COPD & Emphysema are progressive meaning flow rates can change as time goes on. We ensure the Portable Oxygen Concentrator we recommend will be potentially suitable for use in the long term as well as now.

3) Your happiness - We do not forget why you came to us in the first place... Your freedom and independence is our priority. To ensure this happens, we will try our best to recommend a solution that is not only suited to your needs for the short and long term but to enable the freedom of doing things you couldn't do before.

For us to check and see what Portable Oxygen Concentrator would be best suited to your needs, book a no obligation home demonstration. Call 0800 028 2194 or send us a quick web message by clicking here

I am on 2 Litres per minute - What Portable Oxygen Concentrator would work for me? 

Same as the answer above; we can tell you which portable oxygen concentrators are suitable purely based on their specification. However there are many other factors to consider.

At a demonstration, we will perform walk tests and assess you whilst using the machine we have recommended. Call us freefone on 0800 028 2194 or CLICK HERE to leave us a message

What does on-demand or pulse flow mean? 

All of our Portable Oxygen Concentrators deliver oxygen to the patient using On-Demand flow, also known as Pulse Flow via use of a nasal cannula. This is where a patient gets a "shot" of oxygen every time the portable oxygen concentrator detects inhalation. The amount of oxygen inhaled within that "shot" works out to be around the same if you was inhaling on a continuous flow oxygen concentrator. 

Most portable oxygen concentrators that run an "on-demand" oxygen system have settings which are equivalent to the litre per minute a patient is prescribed. EG Setting 1 would be used if a patient was prescribed 1 litre per minute. It works under the same principle as a conserver on a cylinder. Some oxygen concentrators in our range have the option to work on-demand or continuous flow.

Can I use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator during the night? 

Again, having a demonstration is an important step should you wish to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator. Whether you can use a portable oxygen concentrator during sleep is entirely dependent on your personal circumstances. At the demonstration, we do ask you about any other medical conditions to ensure we have covered all areas.

What is an Oxygen Concentrator used for? 

When a patient is diagnosed with COPD or Emphysema one of the main symptoms is the progressive reduction of lung capacity, meaning less oxygen is transferred into the blood. When this happens, the heart has to work harder and the risk of cardiac arrest and blood clotting is high. Therefore an Oxygen concentrator is used to provide the body with a much higher than normal concentration of Oxygen to compensate.

Do I have to be prescribed to purchase a Portable Oxygen Concentrator? 

The answer is no. However we are a serious medical company and will only supply patients on a case by case basis should they not be prescribed. Generally we do ask that a prescription is in place to enable us to recommend the best portable oxygen concentrator to suit.

I suffer from Sleep Apnoea, Can I still use a Portable Oxygen Concentrator? 

If you suffer from Sleep Apnoea, you will no doubt be using a CPAP, BiPAP or another ventilator system whilst sleeping overnight. You can only use a continuous flow oxygen concentrator whilst sleeping if you suffer from Sleep Apnoea.

Can I use a mask with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator? 

No, with exception to the SeQual Eclipse and Invacare SOLO2 as both Oxygen concentrators have a continuous flow option.

I will be using my Oxygen concentrator in a smoking environment, Will this cause any problems? 

Yes is the simple answer. Remember the Oxygen Concentrator uses the air around you to sieve out the gases the body doesn't need leaving a high concentration of Oxygen. The amount of Carbon monoxide in a smoking environment is not only bad for a patient with COPD but can potentially cause problems for the machine as well. Avoid these areas when using a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

 

 

 

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