Home Oxygen ConcentratorsA home oxygen concentrator is a medical device that extracts nitrogen and other gases from the air in your surroundings, providing purified oxygen to the user. It ensures a continuous and steady delivery of oxygen and required an electrical outlet for operation. By removing impurities and delivery concentrated oxygen at the prescribed liter flow, home oxygen concentrators help individuals maintain adequate oxygen levels in the comfort of their own home.
Most Common Accessories
- Nasal Cannula: is a lightweight tube with two hollow prongs that fit just inside the nose. It attaches to the oxygen concentrator or portable tank. At the time of set-up, one nasal cannula is attached to the oxygen supply, and sufficient additional nasal cannulas are provided for discretionary changes.
- Humidifier Bottle: is attached to the oxygen concentrator to provide moisture to the user. This will help ease the nose and sinus dryness that can come with the ongoing use of oxygen.
- Oxygen Supply tubing is a flexible tube that delivers oxygen from the concentrator to the patient. Based on manufacture guidelines the maximum tubing length between the oxygen supply and the patient is 50 feet.
- Oxygen Mask: covers the nose and mouth. Masks need to be set at a higher flow to prevent the build-up of carbon dioxide. Your doctor may prescribe an oxygen mask instead of a nasal cannula if you require a higher oxygen concentration and extra humidity.
Keep Your Equipment Clean
It's crucial to regularly clean equipment and replace disposable supplies based on manufacturer recommendations to ensure treatment safety and effectiveness. Worn-out or damaged supplies may not deliver oxygen effectively, leading to inadequate therapy. Thus, consistently changing your disposable supplies ensures that you receive optimal benefits from your oxygen therapy and helps safeguard your overall health.
- Nasal Cannula: Clean the nasal cannula on a weekly basis or as preferred. Wipe the nasal prong with a warm washcloth when needed. Replace the nasal cannula as required.
- Oxygen Tubing: Replace oxygen supply tubing as needed.
- Oxygen Humidifiers: Clean your humidifier twice a week. Wash the lid and jar with warm water and liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly in tap water and soak for 30 minutes in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. Rinse and air dry. Replace the humidifier as necessary.
- While on Lincare service, your local center will service your oxygen concentrator yearly.
Tips for Your Whole Health
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