Portable Oxygen Concentrators
If there’s one innovation that has revolutionized the care of oxygen patients as well as the way oxygen providers run their businesses, it is portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). With multiple funding pressures forcing providers to radically re-envision their business models, the advent of the POC meant that they could drive a massive layer of overhead from their businesses by reducing their deliveries.
But the business angle was only one benefit, POCs mean that patients are no longer tethered to the home. With a portable device they could go abroad for much longer periods of time and live truly independent lifestyles. This benefited not only their life enjoyment, but increased ambulation, which has been shown to result in more beneficial therapy and better patient outcomes.
As much as the POC was a major development in the care of oxygen patients, manufacturers have continued to refine their offerings. Over the last nine years, POCs in general have become more reliable, economically priced, smaller, and lighter weight than original offerings, which lets oxygen patients be more mobile than ever before. As equipment makers continue to drive new POC innovations, patients enjoy better therapy, and providers enjoy smaller cost models and wider reimbursement margins. Let’s take a look at some of the latest offerings on the market:
Continuous Flow From a 10-lb. Device
- Offers continuous flow (up to 2 liters per minute) and pulse-dose delivery with an oxygen output of 2,000 ml/min in one 10-lb. device.
- Comes with a carrying case; fold-up mobile cart; intuitive, easy-to-read screen; detachable accessory bag; rechargeable lithium ion battery; power cords; and manual.
- Two-, three-, or five-year warranties and flexible service programs are offered with SimplyGo to give homecare providers options to meet their business needs.
Portable Oxygen With Verbal Feedback, Control
- Provides continuous flow options from 0.5 LPM to 3.0 LPM and 9 pulse-dose settings from 16mL to192mL.
- The multi-language voice interface offers a layer of comfort to users by providing verbal confirmation of changed flow rate settings, battery times, and any alarms.
- Weighs 14 lbs, and a newly designed, easy-to-maneuver frame makes the SeQual eQuinox easy to bring along.
Reliable Portable Oxygen
iGo Portable Oxygen System
- Put through durability testing to ensure consistent performance, and OxyTrack Software helps technicians view performance and usage information and clinicians effectively monitor oxygen therapy.
- Offers settings 1 to 6 in pulse-dose mode or 1 to 3 LPM in continuous flow mode with battery lasting as long as 5.4 hours when operating on setting 1 in pulsedose mode.
- Integrated pulse-dose oxygen conserving technology extends the use time, offering improved comfort and increased efficiency.
A POC at Home and on the Road
- Device can be used for both in-home stationary and portable continuous flow.
- The POC offers up to 3LPM continuous 6 pulse settings, ESA Technology for long battery life, and dual battery bays so patients can swap while the device is running.
- The Oxlife Independence is FAA approved for air travel, and comes with a five-year warranty.
02 Concepts LLC
Lightweight Oxygen Therapy
- The 4.8-lb., FAA-approved device provides up to 4 LPM eq. using PULSEWAVE Delivery, with an oxygen Sensor standard on every unit, and up to 10.25 hours of internal battery runtime.
- Controls include a Transflective display; clear alarm and charging notifications; simplified hour meter and purity readings; tailored compliance tracking.
- Standard accessories include a four-way carry case; adjustable straps; AC power supply; DC power supply; accessory bag; nasal cannula; and an external battery is available.
FAA Approved for Oxygen on the Go
- Offers continuous flow oxygen up to 3 LPM or pulse dose oxygen in settings 1-5.
- Power options include Battery, AC or DC operation and no separate battery charger is needed; users can charge battery with either the AC or DC adapter.
- FAA in-flight approval and 17 lb. weight (3 lb. battery) give patients the freedom and flexibility to go nearly anywhere without the concern of running out of oxygen.
This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of HME Business.