Portable Oxygen ConcentratorsA portable oxygen concentrator, or POC is a battery-operated medical device that extracts and filters oxygen from the surrounding air, providing patients supplemental oxygen in a continuous or pulse dose flow. It is designed to be lightweight and compact allowing for easy transport and use outside of the home.
Continuous Flow Dose and Pulse Dose Delivery
There are two types of oxygen delivery for portable oxygen concentrators:
- Continuous Flow delivers a constant flow of oxygen regardless of inhalation or exhalation. Not all portable oxygen concentrators have this continuous flow mode. These devices typically require larger components and tend to weigh over 10 lbs.
- Pulse Dose Flow delivers oxygen only when the patient inhales, which reduces the machine’s effort and conserves battery usage. This mode stops delivering oxygen during exhalation. These devices are typically smaller in size and weighs around 6 lbs. Your prescription is required to specify your pulse dose settings.
How do I know if a portable oxygen concentrator will work for me?
Your prescribing provider will first want to determine if you are able to tolerate a pulse dose flow. Your provider will write an order for an evaluation to titrate a pulse dose flow to maintain a specified oxygen saturation (e.g., 90%). Once we receive your prescriber’s order, we will schedule an appointment for you with a healthcare specialist from your local center. During the appointment, the healthcare specialist will do the titration evaluation, which will help determine your ability to use and tolerate a pulse dose flow. The results are reported back to your prescribing provider to determine if you are able to trigger and tolerate the pulse dose flow at the prescribed settings and if a POC is an appropriate therapy option for you.
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