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When you are deciding between an oxygen tank and an oxygen concentrator for your supplemental oxygen, it is helpful to know the pros and cons of each delivery method. Our infographic below compares the two to help you make the best choice.
Size: Oxygen tanks are technically portable, but since they contain compressed oxygen, the tanks must be built a certain way. As a result, oxygen tanks are:
Safety: Oxygen tanks are susceptible to leaks, causing a potential fire hazard as well as a risk to the user. Safety risks include:
Supply Consistency: Oxygen tanks contain a finite amount of oxygen. Users can monitor amounts, but tanks:
Cost: The costs of oxygen tanks are incurred over time. While they are inexpensive up front, you will pay for:
Lifestyle: Oxygen tanks can impact your ability to live your life normally, as you have to plan ahead for supply and transportation. You will need consider:
Size: Oxygen concentrators are smaller than tanks and do not need to retain oxygen, making them easier to take with you. Oxygen concentrators are:
Safety: Oxygen concentrators pull from the surrounding air, compressing it and purifying it to produce medical grade oxygen as needed. There is no storing, reducing risks of leaks, and it never runs out as long as you have power. They:
Supply Consistency: Oxygen concentrators offer consistent supply as long as they are plugged in or the battery is charged. Users are able to enjoy:
Cost: You pay for an oxygen concentrator up front, but with few additional costs down the road. You will pay for:
Lifestyle: With a smaller, portable oxygen concentrator, you are able live your life, doing the things you enjoy without your oxygen supplies slowing you down. With oxygen concentrators, users experience:
Overall, their smaller size, endless supply and smaller safety risk allow portable oxygen concentrators to offer patients the ability to maintain a sense or normalcy and live the life they want to live, without being held back.