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Home Oxygen Concentrators & Home Oxygen Therapy

Home Oxygen Concentrators & Home Oxygen Therapy

A home oxygen concentrator (HOC) is a device that concentrates the surrounding air into purified oxygen for medical use within a home setting. In-home oxygen systems can make oxygen therapy easier for the patient and any health care providers or caretakers because an oxygen concentrator for home use eliminates the need for tank refills or replacements, as well the need to keep track of oxygen amounts within the tanks. In addition, the best home oxygen concentrator is quiet and efficient, while providing continuous oxygen.

Inogen offers the best home oxygen concentrator on the market—a revolutionary home oxygen concentrator that is lightweight, quiet and energy-efficient: the Inogen At Home. Learn more about our oxygen concentrator for home use, the Inogen At Home, by clicking the button below.

How a Home Oxygen Concentrator Works

A home oxygen concentrator does not use expensive tanks or containers to contain a finite oxygen supply, nor does it require oxygen refills or tank replacement. Instead, an oxygen concentrator for home use utilizes the air around you to deliver concentrated oxygen directly to you.

Home oxygen concentrators work by:

  1. In-taking the surrounding air
  2. Compressing the air
  3. Removing the nitrogen
  4. Delivering the purified oxygen (through a mask or nasal cannula)

In-home oxygen systems are powered by plugging the home oxygen concentrator into a standard electrical outlet. Most HOCs are quite heavy, weighing between 30 and 55 pounds. This makes them difficult to carry from room to room, leaving users stuck in one location. In addition, the majority of in-home oxygen systems use quite a bit of electricity when plugged in, causing a significant increase on users’ electricity bills.

The Inogen At Home is the best home oxygen concentrator because of its lighter weight and smaller size. Weighing just 18 pounds and measuring only 16.5-inches tall, 7-inches deep and 13 inches wide, the Inogen At Home is much easier to move around your home than heavy models from other brands, providing you with significantly improved freedom, independence and mobility in your own home. Additionally, the Inogen At Home runs at a very low power consumption level, helping you save on energy costs. It is also quiet and efficient, with 5 available flow settings to help you meet your oxygen needs. Oxygen flow rates and delivery settings can be adjusted on the unit using an easy-to-use electronic interface.

How to Use a Home Oxygen Concentrator

An oxygen concentrator for home use is ideal for individuals who require an oxygen delivery system and have been prescribed home oxygen therapy by a physician. People who use HOC systems must do so as recommended by their doctor following specific directions for oxygen flow rate and amount of time used. In-home oxygen systems are generally for people with low oxygen levels in their blood, oxygen deprived sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), so if you have any of these conditions, ask your health care provider how a home oxygen concentrator could help you today.

If you are prescribed an oxygen concentrator for home use, you will receive directions from your doctor about when to use your home oxygen concentrator, how frequently, at what times of day and for what length of time. Follow the directions provided to ensure your oxygen therapy is most effective. You should also follow manufacturer’s instructions for use, but the Inogen At Home is extremely easy to use, featuring a clear display with power and flow setting indicators.

How to Navigate the House with a Home Oxygen Concentrator

Since the oxygen is typically provided via a nasal cannula, there will be an adjustment period as you learn to move around after getting your home oxygen concentrator installed. A nasal cannula is placed directly into the nose to help improve oxygen intake and since it is available in varying lengths—long, medium or short—the length of your cannula and tubing determines how easily you are able to move around in your 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. Fortunately, it is possible to move around without much difficulty after you become accustomed to the tubing. The lightness of the Inogen At Home also allows you to move the unit from room to room when necessary, allowing you to move more within your home.

Getting Used to In-Home Oxygen Systems

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 home 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.

An oxygen concentrator for home use does not necessarily limit the ability to move around the home, but it will take time to get used to being hooked up to the HOC itself, as well as 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. An Inogen At Home system makes this even easier, as the unit’s small size and lighter weight make it possible to move it around the home as needed. If your doctor has prescribed in-home oxygen therapy, find out how Inogen At Home can help improve your quality of life.

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