It's just a matter of time before these Portable Oxygen Concentrators replace oxygen cylinders, regulators and conserving devices.
These are the latest portable oxygen concentrators on the market. Smaller and lighter, you can take them anywhere. Portable Oxygen Concentrators are designed to be small, lightweight, easy to use, and more cosmetically acceptable. They are durable and can maintain patient oxygen saturation.
The compressor motors are so quiet that bystanders won't even know it's powered-up and running. These POC's use powerful batteries that last from 3-8 hours, see each model for specifications and battery life. If you are taking a long airline flight, simply carry extra batteries. These portables can also be plugged into any 110V AC outlet or just run on the batteries, some have 12V adapters that pug into the automobile lighter. Batteries automatically charge if you have the units plugged into an AC source.
Battery-operated POCs from Invacare, Inogen, Respironics, Oxus, and Devilbiss provide users mobility to travel without having to lug oxygen cylinders along the way. The Inogen One weighs in at near 10 pounds and is about 12 inches high (with handle) and 6 inches wide. Respironics' EverGo machine weighs 10 pounds and stands approximately 8 inches high and 6 inches wide. These POCs are relatively small and lightweight, and allow users to travel without the worry of running out of oxygen as long as an electrical outlet is near, the units can be recharged.
Portable Oxygen Capacity Comparison:
SOLO2 (Invacare) 3 Liter Continuous-Flow or pulse dose
iGo (Devilbiss) 3 Liter Continuous-Flow or pulse dose
POCs offer active patients several advantages. When attached to a cart, the system resembles a small piece of roll-on luggage, when carried by it's tote strap the units resemble a camcorder case, and batteries give patients between 3 and 8 hours of use. The units have been approved for use on airplanes, and patients can even plug them into a car's accessory plug when driving. For many oxygen patients, the appeal of the portable concentrator is not having to worry about running out of oxygen while they are away from home.
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How Pulsedose works
PulseDose dramatically extends the use time from a supply of oxygen, offering increased mobility with improved comfort and increased efficiency. The reliability and safety of PulseDose oxygen delivery has been proven effective in clinical testing.
Because oxygen is released only during inhalation, the constant flow of oxygen into the nostrils is eliminated. Many users find PulseDose oxygen delivery more comfortable than continuous flow delivery systems. The short pulse of oxygen delivered during inhalation is almost undetectable, and the humidity in the room air helps maintain a normal level of moisture in the nasal cavity. This greatly reduces the discomfort of dehydration associated with a continuous flow oxygen system.