3 Different Types Of Oxygen You Should Know About
This article will give some insight on which types of medical grade oxygen devices are typically available for home care patients.
1. Oxygen Tank
Oxygen tanks are typically the most common or talked about forms of oxygen. In this form, oxygen is stored inside a cylinder and intended to be released later at the patient's convenience. Tanks can come in different sizes and capacities. The most common capacity is 680 liters which classifies as an 'E' tank. This size is around 29 inches off the ground and gives a balance between portability and capacity.
In order to use the tank, you will need a few accessories which include an oxygen regulator, key & nasal cannula tubing. Since oxygen is classified as a "drug", first time users typically do need a doctor's prescription to purchase oxygen.
Oxygen tanks will also provide a continuos flow of oxygen between 1-15 liters per minute but will only last a few minutes to hours depending on the flow rate.
2. Home Oxygen Concentrator
Home oxygen concentrators are our favorite oxygen devices because they provide a continuous flow of oxygen and allow for 24 hour use. As the name states, they're intended to be used at home and require to be plugged in to a power source. These are a great option for users who need oxygen for long periods of time and also to sleep throughout the night.
These oxygen devices typically have a flow rate between 1-5 liters per minute but options for usage up to 10 liters also exist. For this device you just need a power source and an oxygen mask. It works as simple as on & off. They also come with the option to attach a humidifier bottle so that the oxygen isn't as dry coming out.
3. Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Portable oxygen concentrators have gained a lot of popularity for those who want to leave the house and still have freedom to do the things they love. Many users can take these on flights and travel with them local or internationally. These concentrators typically go up to only 6 liters per minute of oxygen but have a pulse-dose mechanism to conserve battery life. This means that every time the user takes a breathe in, that's when the oxygen is released. There are portable oxygen concentrators that can provide continuous flow of oxygen as well but they can be much more expensive and their battery may not last as long.