A home oxygen concentrator is a device that concentrates room air into purified oxygen for medical use within a home setting.
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How a Home Oxygen Concentrator Works
A home oxygen concentrator does not use expensive tanks or containers or require oxygen refills. Instead, it uses the air around you, in your home or anywhere, to deliver concentrated oxygen.
It works by:
- In-taking the surrounding air
- Compressing the air
- Removing the nitrogen
- Delivering purified oxygen (through a nasal cannula)
A home oxygen machine¬†is powered by plugging it into a standard electrical outlet in the home.¬† Most HOCs are heavy at 30-55 pounds and use quite a bit of electricity when plugged in.Oxygen flow rates and delivery settings can be adjusted using an easy-to-use electronic interface.
How to Use a Home Oxygen Concentrator
A HOC is for individuals who require an oxygen delivery system and have been prescribed home oxygen therapy by a physician.
People who use HOC systems do so as recommended by their doctor. They are generally for people with low oxygen levels in their blood, oxygen deprived sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How to Navigate the House with a Home Oxygen Concentrator
Since the oxygen is typically provided via a nasal cannula, it can seem hard to move around after getting a HOC installed. Fortunately, it is possible to move around without much difficulty after you become accustomed to the tubing.
A nasal cannula is placed directly into the nose to help improve oxygen intake. While the basic concept and development are the same, the cannula is available in varying lengths: long, medium or short.
The length of the cannula determines the ability to move around a home. A long cannula will make it easy to move throughout the house, while a short one may limit movement to the space within a particular room.
Getting Used to the Cannula
Although a long cannula provides the flexibility to move throughout the house, it may take time to get used to stepping over the connecting tube.
After the oxygen concentrator is installed, you should practice walking around the room to get used to the feel of the cannula as it drags behind you. Step over the cannula several times to become aware of how it falls while moving in different ways. Start with one room and then move to larger spaces.
A HOC does not necessarily limit the ability to move around the home, but it will take time to get used to the sensation of the cannula and stepping over the tube. With a little practice, it is possible to avoid problems such as tripping or pulling on the nasal cannula.