Care and Maintenance of Your Oxygen Equipment
Regular care and maintenance of your portable oxygen equipment will not only extend the life of your oxygen supplies, but it will guarantee that youâ€™ll receive optimal air flow with uninterrupted service. Â The following guidelines are recommended by Inogen One to keep your oxygen equipment in tip-top condition:
Battery Care –
The Inogen One G3 Concentrator comes with a Lithium Ion Battery. To sustain the life of your battery and ensure optimal performance of your Inogen One G3 concentrator, keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Use only the Inogen One G3 Battery with Your Inogen One G3 Concentrator.
- Keep your battery dry at all times. If it gets wet, stop using it and discard it immediately in the appropriate trash receptacle.
- A single Inogen One G3 battery powers the concentrator for up to 4 hours in most temperatures. However, to extend the run-time of your battery, avoid using it in temperatures less than 41ËšF (5ËšC) or higher than 95ËšF (35ËšC).
- Store your batteries in a cool, dry place while they still have a partial charge of 40 to 50 percent.
- Label multiple batteries (A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 etc.) and rotate their use accordingly.
- Donâ€™t allow your battery to remain dormant for more than 90 days at a time.
Nasal Cannula –
The nasal cannula that you use depends upon which oxygen supply company you choose. Whichever brand suits your needs, Inogen One recommends that you change your nasal cannula on a regular basis according to your health care providerâ€™s recommendation and the manufacturerâ€™s instructions. Additionally:
- To ensure proper breath detection and efficient oxygen delivery, your nasal cannula should be single lumen with tubing not longer than 25 feet.
- For best results, use only a high flow nasal cannula like the Salter 1600Q. Others may restrict your oxygen delivery and/or not attach securely to the Inogen One G3 Concentrator.
Concentrator Case –
Keeping your Inogen One G3 concentrator clean and dust-free will help keep it in top working order:
- Wipe down the outside case of your Inogen One G3 Concentrator with a clean cloth dampened with water and a mild detergent (Dawn works great). Avoid using harsh chemicals such as isopropyl alcohol, ethylene chloride or petroleum-based products to clean your oxygen equipment.
- To reduce the risk of electrical shock and damage, never submerge your Inogen One G3 concentrator or any of its accessories in water or allow it to come into contact with water.
Particle Filters –
Your Inogen One G3 Concentrator comes equipped with two particle filters. Both must be cleaned weekly to ensure ease of air flow. Â After removing the filters from the front of the device:
- Clean your particle filters using water and a mild dishwashing detergent such as Dawn. Rinse well and let air dry before re-using them. If you live in a dusty environment, itâ€™s recommended that you clean your particle filters more often.
Keeping your oxygen equipment clean and well-maintained will allow you to receive superior, portable oxygen delivery for many years to come. For more information about care and maintenance of the Inogen One G3 Concentrator and all its parts, refer to the Inogen One User Manual.
Author: Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN