Portable Oxygen Concentrators

How to use a portable oxygen concentrator

How a portable oxygen concentrator works?

Travel with a portable oxygen concentrator.

The best portable oxygen concentrators.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCS)

Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCS), are light, small and quiet devices that allow you to receive supplemental oxygen while out of the home.

Portable Oxygen Concntrators work by separating ambient oxygen from nitrogen and other gasses in the air and provide the user with oxygen at a concentration of more than 90 percent. POCs deliver oxygen by pulse dose in bursts. Some units can also deliver oxygen continuously at a steady rate. The pulse dose is delivered each time you inhale. Briefly store a small quantity of oxygen until the POC either senses the user’s inhalation and dispenses the oxygen (pulse technology), or delivers the oxygen in a continuous flow to the user.  They work similarly to home concentrators by extracting oxygen from the surrounding air and turning it into condensed oxygen for you to breathe.
There are several models of portable oxygen concentrators on the market.

There are some machines on the market that offer both continuous and pulse flow. These machines offer flexibility as they are great for nocturnal use, use with sleep apnea equipment and during the day on pulse dose.

The best solution is the one that keeps you healthy and covers your demands.

If you want to travel with oxygen by air, a portable oxygen concentrator is neseccary as passengers are prohibited from carrying compressed oxygen and liquid oxygen on board aircraft. In accordance with the HMR, devices containing compressed or liquid oxygen must bear certain identifying labels. POCs do not contain compressed oxygen and thus do not require the same level of special handling as compressed oxygen and are safe for use on board aircraft if certain conditions for their use are met.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators, are light, small and quiet devices that allow you to receive supplemental oxygen while out of the home.

Always consult your doctor if you have questions about your oxygen therapy prescription and using your oxygen device.

How to use a portable oxygen concentrator?

It might be daunting at first to get started with a new oxygen device, but with practice, you will gain confidence and adjust to life with oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy may help you become more active and get you back doing the activities you enjoy. Staying active helps you stay healthy. 

If you use a humidifier bottle, start by filling it with distilled water and attach it to the oxygen outlet.

Oxygen can be drying to your nose so some patients use a humidifier bottle that can be attached to your home unit to help moisten the oxygen you inhale. To get started using your Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCS), attach your nasal cannula.

Turn on the device and set the flow prescribed by your doctor. The flow rate, or number of liters per minute, is your prescription. Do not self-adjust your oxygen flow rate without consulting your doctor

You can look at the display to see how much battery life is remaining. Always carry an extra battery if you think you might be out of the house for a long time.

Wash the nasal cannula or face mask weekly with mild dish soap and warm water and let air dry . You can Clean them more frequently if you want . Be sure not to get water in the tubing and replace it if it is damaged. You can get replacement tubing from your oxygen supplier.

Clean your humidifier bottle every two days with warm water and mild dish soap. Make sure you rinse out all of the soap with hot water. Then soak it in a vinegar and water solution for a few minutes to help get rid of any extra bacteria. Dry the bottle with a paper towel, and then let it air dry.

Clean the machine’s filter once a month by removing the filter and dipping into a clean container filled with water and mild dish soap. Scrub the filter with a washcloth to remove any small pieces of dirt or dust and rinse it under water to remove all soap residues. Then set the filter on a clean, dry towel and let it air dry completely before putting it back in the machine.

How a portable oxygen concentrator works?

Poftable oxygen concentrators take air from your surroundings, extract oxygen and filter it into purified oxygen for you to breathe.

Oxygen system ( PSA system ) is made by two cylinders filled in molecular sieves.
It separates N2 and deliver O2. The bigger two cylinders, the more molecular sieves.

More molecular sieves need more compressed air. The more compressed air, the bigger compressor and more oxygen coming out per minute. That is why big home unit could produce 5 liters 93% oxygen per minute. Because big machine has big compressor and big Oxygen system. Some cheap small potable units will mix normal air with oxygen when you turn up its flow above 1 liter.

Continuous Flow

The continuous flow machine emits oxygen constantly irrespective of whether the user is inhaling or exhaling.Air compressor compress normal air and deliver high pressure air into oxygen system.

Pulse Flow

The pulse flow POC provides a ‘pulse’ of oxygen each time you inhale. Oxygen concentration processing won’t stop no matter continuous flow or pulse flow.
Pulse flow machine take full advantage of people exhale time.

Pulse flow has a storage system inside of machine. When people exhale, storage system will stock oxygen and stop delivering oxygen out. There is a sensor to detect people inhale action. When people inhale, sensor will activate and deliver storage oxygen out.

Your pulse dose may be different than your continuous flow setting, so make sure to check with your healthcare provider to ensure that your oxygen flows are meeting your needs.

Travel with a portable oxygen concentrator.

No matter which means of transportation or destination you will choose, there are some things that you should do before you travel with oxygen, in order to have a safe and carefree trip.

Visit or talk to your doctor to inform him/her about your trip and the weather conditions there (humidity, temperature, altitude).
Make at least one copy of your medicine and oxygen prescription and always have it on you.
Do a research for doctors and hospitals at your destination in case you need it.
Make sure you have all the medicine you need.
Always have an oximeter on you and check your oxygen levels regularly.
Check your destination’s climate. High humidity, extreme cold, extreme hot and air pollution can make breathing even more difficult or/and can worsen your symptoms.
If you ‘re travelling abroad, check if your insurance covers you in case of emergency.
If you are using oxygen tanks, always have more than you will usually use.
Fully charge all your batteries.
Be sure you have the right power convertors/adaptors.
Take your cpap or bipap machine with you, even when you’ re not planning to stay the night.
If you want to travel with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC oxygen) try to book a Seat/Cabin with Power Outlets. You will be able to plug your unit in and preserve your battery life.
Always be prepared for possible delays and have extra oxygen/batteries with you.
Read our guides about travel with oxygen

Portable oxygen concentrators. FAA rules.
Air carriers conducting passenger service must permit someone with a disability to use an FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on all flights (on aircraft originally designed to have a maximum passenger capacity of more than 19 seats).

In the United States, airlines are required to allow passengers to use battery-powered portable oxygen concentrators that have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The device must meet applicable FAA requirements for medical portable electronic devices (M-PED) and display a manufacturer’s label that indicates the device meets those FAA requirements.

A portable oxygen concentrator is useful for people who are suffering from COPD

Many patients find using portable oxygen concentrators, or POCs, to be helpful when needing supplemental oxygen away from home.

There are ways to do just about everything you love while using oxygen. A portable oxygen concentrator can help you stay active and get you back to doing the activities yoiu enjoy.

Many people with lung disease use oxygen during exersice, to run errands, to do chores and even when flying.

The best portable oxygen concentrators

All the portable oxygen concentrators that you can rent or buy in order to travel with oxygen safe and carefree.

FAA ( FAA is the American Federal Aviation Administration) Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators

AirSep Focus
AirSep FreeStyle
AirSep FreeStyle 5
AirSep LifeStyle
Delphi RS-00400
DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
Inogen One
Inogen One G2
Inogen One G3
Inova Labs LifeChoice
Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox
International Biophysics LifeChoice
Invacare Solo2
Invacare XPO2
Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
Oxus RS-00400
Precision Medical EasyPulse
Respironics EverGo
Respironics SimplyGo
SeQual Eclipse
SeQual eQuinox Oxygen System (model 4000)
SeQual Oxywell Oxygen System (model 4000)
VBox Trooper Oxygen Concentrator