Oxygen Services & Medical Equipment
Oxygen Medical Equipment
Portable & Stationary Oxygen Concentration Units
An oxygen concentrator (also sometimes called “oxygen generator”) is a medical device used to deliver oxygen to those who require it. People may require it if they have a condition that causes or results in low levels of oxygen in their blood. These oxygen concentrators are normally obtained via prescription. Oxygen concentrators are powered by plugging in to an electrical outlet or by battery. If the concentrator is powered by an electric battery, that battery will need to be charged by plugging into an outlet. Several parts make up a concentrator, including a compressor, sieve bed filter, and circuit boards.
Gaseous In-Home & Portable Tanks
High pressure oxygen systems consist of either aluminum or steel cylinders that hold medical grade oxygen in a gaseous form at a pressure of about 2,000 psi when full. As the oxygen is used, the pressure drops until the tank is empty and the pressure reads zero on the regulator. Regardless of the size of the cylinder, it will always be full at 2,000 psi and empty at 0 psi however the pressure readings are just an indicator of how much of the tank has been used, not how much oxygen has been used
Pros & Cons
There are several other attributes that separate oxygen concentrators from oxygen tanks for oxygen therapy. Oxygen concentrators offer several advantages over oxygen systems that rely on cylinders and tanks. These advantages include:
Consistency – Whereas oxygen tanks can run out of oxygen, an oxygen concentrator will never run out of oxygen as long as it has air available and a supply of power. An oxygen concentrator extracts oxygen from the air itself, making the supply unlimited and readily available.
Safety – An oxygen tank could begin to leak, creating an atmosphere that includes oxygen enriched air. Air saturated with oxygen increases the risk of a fire. If a fire ignites under these circumstances, it is harder to extinguish because oxygen induced fires burn hotter than many other kinds of fires. Pulse dose oxygen concentrators simply create oxygen as needed, eliminating the concern of leaks, and therefore the concern of flammability.
Size – An oxygen concentrator is designed for convenience. Oxygen tanks are generally both bulky and heavy while a portable oxygen concentrator can weigh less than 5 pounds. This makes a concentrator the perfect choice for those who want portability.
Cost is another factor to consider. While each device will be priced differently, it is important to remember that when buying oxygen concentrators, the price will be largely upfront. For oxygen tanks, costs will be incurred over time in the form of new oxygen tanks purchased periodically as needed.
Nebulizers Units & Accessories
A nebulizer changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can be more easily inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are particularly effective in delivering asthma medications to infants and small children and to anyone who has difficulty using an asthma inhaler.
It is also convenient when a large dose of an inhaled medication is needed. Nebulized therapy is often called a "breathing treatment." And a variety of medications -- both for immediate relief and maintenance of asthma symptoms -- are available for use with a nebulizer.
Nebulizers come in home (tabletop) and portable models. Home nebulizers are larger and must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Portable nebulizers run on batteries -- either disposable or rechargeable -- or can be plugged into a car's cigarette lighter. Smaller, portable units are slightly larger than a deck of cards, so they can be carried in a purse, briefcase, or backpack to be used whenever and wherever you need them.
Ultrasonic Nebulizers Units & Accessories
An ultrasonic nebulizer is a device that uses ultrasonic frequencies to turn a liquid medication into a fine mist so it can be inhaled.
The ultrasonic frequencies are sound waves outside the range that can be heard by human ears
Newer nebulizer technology
Uses ultrasonic vibrations passed through water to generate a fine mist
Offers a very consistent particle size
Medication restrictions because heat is transferred to the medication
Available in handheld models only