At a time when traditional solutions to oxygen therapy are no longer viable, a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) like the Inogen One G3 is a convenient, light-weight personal oxygen device. By continuously purifying air from the atmosphere, Inogen One portable oxygen concentrators eliminate the need for heavy oxygen tanks or inconvenient refills. Whatâ€™s more, because the Inogen OneÂ portable oxygen concentrators are powered by a rechargeable battery or any AC/DC power outlet, you can take it with you virtually anywhere, or use it in the comfort of your own home as your primary, stationary oxygen source.
Although a home oxygen concentrator is similar to a POC in terms of eliminating the need for delivered oxygen, theyâ€™re still larger and more cumbersome than their portable counterparts and not designed for travel. In contrast, the Inogen One G3 POC makes a great travel companion because it weighs only 4.8 pounds and comes with a convenient carrying case that allows you to carry it in one hand or strap it across your shoulder.
Another advantage that the POC has over a home oxygen concentrator is in the way it delivers oxygen. A stationary concentrator is designed to deliver oxygen continuously at a constant rate. Â This can dry out the nasal passages causing discomfort and skin breakdown. A POC uses a pulse-dose, or on-demand method of oxygen delivery, which requires less oxygen to deliver the same therapeutic effects while helping to maintain the moisture level in the nasal passages.
If youâ€™ve ever tried to travel with a heavy oxygen tank, you know how difficult they are to transport. And yes, they may be portable, but theyâ€™re certainly not designed for travel. Unlike POCs that deliver an unlimited supply of oxygen, leaving home for any length of time with an oxygen Â tank or cylinder means youâ€™ll not only need to carry along extra tanks, but youâ€™ll have to have an additional supply delivered to your destination if you plan to stay longer than your back-up supply will last. The Inogen One G3 beats out traditional tanks and cylinders as it produces an unlimited supply of oxygen, anywhere you take it, anytime you need it. Ultimately, it serves as a very helpful personal oxygen device.
Liquid oxygen systems consist of a bulk reservoir unit that remains in the home and a portable, refillable carrying canister. Although the refillable unit is relatively light and can be easily refilled by the patient, the bulk system is not designed to be portable and must be refilled on a regular basis. This means there are no last minute trips to see family or go out of town because many oxygen supply companies need advance notice â€“ sometimes two weeks â€“ to set up the system at a new location. With the Inogen One G3, you never have to worry about getting oxygen delivered to your destination; as long as you can recharge the battery or plug it into a power source, youâ€™ll always have an unlimited supply.
Author: Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN