Managing COPD, Living with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

What is a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

Nov 5, 2019
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Patients dealing with COPD or a similar disease are prescribed supplemental oxygen by a doctor. This means you need oxygen therapy to provide your body with extra oxygen. This oxygen will help support your body and its vital functions. By using supplemental oxygen, you’ll be able to obtain higher concentrations of oxygen than what your body is able to get from the air around us. One option when it comes to supplemental oxygen and oxygen therapy is a portable oxygen concentrator (also known as a POC).  

A portable oxygen concentrator is a small device fairly new to the industry. If you have an active lifestyle, a POC makes it easy for you to move around and get out of the house with your oxygen therapy. There are many benefits to using a portable oxygen concentrator, but it’s important that you first talk to your doctor about the best option for you and your situation. If you and your doctor decide that a portable oxygen concentrator is best for you and your situation, read on for more information.

What’s the difference in Portable Oxygen Concentrator and an Oxygen Tank?

While oxygen tanks have a finite amount of oxygen within them, portable oxygen concentrators have an infinite supply as long as the battery is working. This is because they make their own oxygen by removing nitrogen from the air. The device filters the air to concentrate oxygen, which is then delivered in individual doses each time you inhale.

What are the benefits?

There are a number of benefits to a portable oxygen concentrator. First and foremost is the ability to easily carry your oxygen with you wherever you go. They are very mobile devices, meant to be able to go with you wherever you need to go. Many portable oxygen concentrators even a car charger so that you can charge the device while traveling, making it even easier to use your device while out and about. If you have an active lifestyle and want to maintain it, a portable oxygen concentrator may be for you. Most devices can be taken on a plane (tanks cannot) and are FAA approved.

A portable oxygen concentrator allows you to participate in the activities that you enjoy with fewer restrictions so you enjoy a better quality of life.

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