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    Everything You Need to Know About a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    Everything You Need to Know About a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    What does it do?
    A portable oxygen concentrator or POC is an oxygen providing machine powered by a rechargeable battery or portable battery. These devices allow you to get the oxygen that you require while still being on the move with your everyday life. Many POCs also come with car adapters so that you can charge in vehicles. With a POC, your need for oxygen won’t be restrictive.

    How does it work?
    POCs take in the air around you and compress oxygen. They remove the nitrogen from the compressed air and send purified air through a tube to the user. This process is continually repeated as needed. Airflow is generally adjustable to meet the needs of the user. A POC is a safe and easy way to get clean oxygen wherever you go.

    What makes up a portable oxygen concentrator?
    A compressor, sieve bed, tank, and nasal tube make up a POC. The compressor compresses air that it intakes and the sieve bed filters it to remove the nitrogen and create purified oxygen. This oxygen is then pushed into the tank and through the nasal tube to be delivered to the user.

    Why should you try one?
    Unlike regular oxygen tanks, a portable oxygen concentrator will allow you to be mobile without worry of running out of oxygen. There are lightweight and compact POC options that can easily be transported and carried around. A POC can keep up with you and your lifestyle without requiring you to slow down.

    POC Patients: 5 Emergency Tips You Should Know

    POC Patients: 5 Emergency Tips You Should Know

    Dealing with an emergency situation is always stressful, but especially if you are dealing with potentially running out of oxygen. There are a few precautionary things to do to prepare for the worst and stay safe in case of an emergency.

  • Have a recharge plan in place.
  • Before you lose power in a disaster, have a plan prepared for recharging. Keep extra batteries recharged and ready to go at all times. Know how long your battery lasts and how many recharges you have to be sure you can last until you have access to power again.

  • Install an emergency generator.
  • One way to ensure you won’t run out of power and be unable to recharge—install an emergency generator. This will enable you to connect to an alternative power source when disaster strikes.

  • Reduce your flow if necessary.
  • Consult with your doctor to know if it is possible for you to reduce your flow in an emergency situation to help your oxygen to last longer. Reducing your flow will extend the life of your oxygen supply but be sure to speak with a medical professional to know what a safe level of oxygen for you is.

  • Be informed.
  • Knowing when disaster is heading your way is not always possible but is always helpful. Stay informed on local news and always be prepared with your plan in case of emergency.

  • Get a support team.
  • Keep others informed and prepared in case of catastrophe. Establishing a support team that you can call on will help you to stay safe. Anyone nearby who can be aware of your situation and lend a hand can qualify.

    How to Care for Your CPAP Machine

    How to Care for Your CPAP Machine

    Proper care and cleaning of your CPAP machine are vital, without it germs and contamination can build up and cause infection. Taking good care of your machine will also extend the life of the equipment. Follow these steps to caring for each part of the machine to ensure long lasting and effective use.


    When cleaning your headgear (mask, straps, tubing, and chinstrap) use a mild, hypoallergenic, unscented soap. Allergens and perfumes can cause irritation to your skin. You can also use some dish detergents. Wash with soap and warm water by hand and allow pieces to air dry. Dirt and oils from your face can build up in your mask over time. To avoid any sort of build up or potential irritation, wash your mask thoroughly and regularly. The tubes are also vital because any contamination there can make you sick or block the tube and prevent it from performing properly. All headgear should be cleaned at least once a week, or more regularly if needed.


    Because of the warm and moist nature of the humidifier, bacteria can build up quickly if not cleaned out. Water should be changed daily. Clean the water tank with warm soapy water at least weekly, more if needed. Use a disinfecting agent, such as vinegar, and warm water, then rinse and allow it to air dry.


    The filter of your CPAP machine should be changed annually and washed weekly. Remove the filter and run it under warmer water, squeezing out and debris. Blot dry with a towel and allow it to air dry until needed.

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    6 Things to Look for in a Battery-Operated Oxygen Concentrator

    6 Things to Look for in a Battery-Operated Oxygen Concentrator

    A Battery-Operated Oxygen Concentrator can be a great benefit to you. They allow you to remain healthily breathing without restricting your mobility. Make sure to get the right one for you and your oxygen needs and know what to look for!

  • Battery Life
  • How long does your battery-operated oxygen concentrator allow you to be mobile? Make certain that your personal oxygen concentrator meets your needs and provides you with the oxygen you need for the time that you need it before you invest. If you need an extended amount of time, look into POCs with a double battery option.

  • Weight and Size
  • A battery powered concentrator should be mobile. If your POC is too heavy or too large for you to comfortably travel with, the battery-operated nature will become a moot point. Before purchasing, try moving around with it. Whether you’re carrying your unit or rolling it in a case, make sure it is light and compact enough for your needs.

  • Warranty
  • POCs often come with a warranty. Before purchasing, ask about warranty and extended warranty options. Used units usually will not come with a warranty.

  • Pulse Dose or Continuous Flow
  • A Pulse Dose unit bases its oxygen flow on the breathing and inhaling of the user—aligning with your pulse. Whereas a Continuous Flow unit puts out a consistent flowrate of oxygen regardless of the user and their breathing. Consider your needs and consult with a medical professional to get the POC that best suits you.

  • Approved for Flight
  • Did you know that not all POCs are allowed on domestic and international flights? If you travel regularly, look into the approval status of your POC before purchasing.

  • Amount of Oxygen
  • Not all POCs are created equally. Your POC should fit your oxygen needs during sleep, activity, and rest. Be sure that your oxygen saturation needs are being met and are able to remain consistent.

    What is Transient Nocturnal Desaturation?

    What is Transient Nocturnal Desaturation?

    Transient Nocturnal Desaturation
    Transient Nocturnal Desaturation is defined as a temporary drop in oxygen levels during sleep. A healthy lung has between 95% and 100% of oxygen saturation levels. Oxygen saturation is the level of oxygen in your blood. If this level drops at least 4% for five or more minutes during your sleep, you can be diagnosed with Transient Nocturnal Desaturation. Oxygen acts as fuel for your major organs and other tissues, without it your organs cannot function properly. This is very common in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD.

    Causes of Nocturnal Desaturation include hypoventilation and ventilation/perfusion mismatch. Hypoventilation is a slowing of breath during sleep. This can lead to too little oxygen or too much carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. Ventilation/perfusion mismatch occurs when the timing of your breathing is mismatched with the timing of your blood circulating through your lungs. This can also cause a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream, and thus lead to Transient Nocturnal Desaturation. There has also been research that suggests obesity can increase the risk and severity of any sleep-related breathing disorder.

    Long-term oxygen therapy or nocturnal oxygen therapy are both options to treat Transient Nocturnal Desaturation. Oxygen therapy is an oxygen supplement that provides you with extra oxygen. Nocturnal oxygen therapy is oxygen therapy during sleep. Either of these methods can be achieved with an oxygen concentrator. The concentrator will draw in fresh air, compress the air, segregate Nitrogen from it, and put out purified oxygen through the nasal cannula.