The market for oxygen therapy has grown immensely
over the past decade, with nearly 1.5 million people relying on supplemental
oxygen to address their medical needs. While tank delivery of oxygen
remains a viable market for HME providers, patients want to continue carrying
out their daily routines and need a product that allows them to stay on
the go. That’s where portable oxygen concentrators, and the companies who
maintain the machines, step in.
In just the past few years, portable oxygen concentrators have begun to
reflect the rapidly changing technology becoming available to HME providers
and their patients. Rather than waiting for maintenance issues to occur on
their machines, providers increasingly have the ability to remotely monitor
oxygen output, battery life and more through online platforms. Now, companies
are expanding wireless connectivity to POCs in the hopes of making
24/7 monitoring possible for more patients.
At the same time, manufacturers are focused on making the machines
lighter and sleeker for patients who want POCs to blend in with the rest of
their belongings. The demand is high for machines that can provide the right
mix of portability, battery life and tank capacity to fit patient lifestyles. If an
HME provider can guarantee all three, they can see revenue growth in this
key area. Here is a sampling of the latest products and services to hit the
oxygen therapy market:
Extended-life batteries prolong the battery life of Vivo ventilators
Breas Medical USA’s Xpac extended-life
battery for its Vivo line of ventilators to
enhance patient mobility. The Xpac boosts
the battery life of the Breas Vivo 50 and
Vivo 65 by 12 hours and the Vivo 45 LS by
18 hours. That means the ultra-compact
and lightweight Vivo 45 LS can now run
25.5 hours off the grid with the Xpac. The
Xpac consists of two lithium-ion batteries,
which can be easily removed and replaced
by the user. Its LED display shows the
health of each battery, so you know when
it is time to renew them. In addition, Xpac’s
batteries only take four hours to charge to
Lightweight, portable oxygen concentrator includes telehealth connectivity
The award-winning FreeStyle Comfort is a
lightweight, ergonomic portable oxygen
concentrator ideal for oxygen users seeking
comfortable and convenient oxygen
delivery as they engage in a more active
lifestyle. Smart O2 technology features on
the FreeStyle Comfort ensure optimal therapeutic
oxygen delivery with each breath.
Also, connectivity to the myCAIRE telehealth
solution helps provide top-tier care
for oxygen users with greater efficiency.
Responsive Respiratory Inc.
Floor Display for Boost Oxygen
RRI releases showroom display for Boost Oxygen
Responsive Respiratory’s (RRI) floor display for Boost Oxygen supplementary
which it recently
aims to give providers
an eye‐catching tool
to drive cash sales
during the holiday
season. Tinted in Boost
Oxygen’s green color,
the corrugated floor
stand can be quickly
assembled. It is sold
as a kit with 30 large,
10 Liter natural scent
canisters and ships in
a single carton. The
display holds both
the 10 Liter large canisters and the 5 Liter
medium. RRI stocks Boost Oxygen for
immediate shipment from its central U.S.
Vivo 45 LS
Scaled-down ventilator offers wide range of care applications
The Vivo 45 LS, one of the smallest Life
Support ventilators available, provides invasive
and non-invasive ventilatory support
in home, post-acute and hospital applications
for patients greater than 5 kg (11 lbs.).
Designed for patient independence and
mobility with an ultra-small footprint, it also
features comfortable eSync trigger technology
plus ultra-quiet operation. It also
provides etCO2, SpO2, FiO2 and PtCO2
monitoring and remote connectivity with the
cloud-based EveryWare by Breas application.
Nonin Medical, Inc.
7500 Pulse Oximeter
Non-invasive tabletop pulse oximeter is designed for homecare use
The 7500 Pulse Oximeter and the WristOx2 Model 3150 with USB Wrist-Worn Pulse
Oximeter. The 7500 is a portable tabletop
device features hybrid averaging to identify
true desaturations and minimize nuisance
alarms. The 3150 with USB is a wrist-worn
solution whose applications include overnight
oximetry studies, six-minute walk
tests, and homecare use.
NewLife Intensity 10 Dual Flow Stationary Oxygen Concentrator
Stationary oxygen concentrator serves two users at once
The NewLife Intensity 10 Dual Flow Stationary Oxygen Concentrator is
designed for long-term care facilities.
Offering continuous flow settings up to 10
LPM, the dual flow ports let this unit serve
two users at once from a single concentrator.
With an outlet pressure of 20 PSI, this SOC can support up to
200 feet of oxygen tubing and specialty applications. It requires low
maintenance and is backed by a comprehensive warranty.
ABM Respiratory Care
Respiratory system combines therapies to clear lungs
BiWaze Cough is a respiratory therapy
system that combines multiple therapies of
assisted cough and lung expansion along
with high-frequency oscillation. BiWaze
Cough breaks up and then removes mucus
from the lungs by applying positive air pressure
(inhale) to the airway and then rapidly
shifting to negative air pressure (exhale).
After exhale, the pause phase allows the
patient to rest before the next cough cycle.
BiWaze Cough can provide positive pressure
during the pause phase creating a
higher mean airway pressure, increasing the
Functional Residual Capacity post exhale
and providing a more comfortable therapy
for the patient.
X-PLOR portable oxygen concentrator
Portable oxygen concentrator with app lets patients track breath rate, oxygen use, pulse volume and more
The X-PLOR portable oxygen concentrator
features ModulAir technology and an
Airgonomical design that makes it lightweight,
compact, and able to generate
more oxygen by weight than any device in
its class. Now with the Nomad Biometrics
App, the X-PLOR lets patients can track
their breath rate, oxygen usage, pulse
volume, battery life, and more. Patients
can share this data with their healthcare
provider or caregiver.
P2-E6 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
POC offers six flow settings and travel features
The new P2-E6 Portable Oxygen Concentrator from Rhythm Healthcare
features six flow settings, up to 5.4 hours
of battery life and weighs 4.7 lbs. Users
can charge a backup battery while the
device is in use, with a charging time of
2.5 hours. For traveling, the POC meets all
FAA restrictions and includes and AC/DC
New service offers 'ventilator management in a box'
new Nexus program
helps HME providers
outcomes using its Nexus software and
companion TeleRespiratory Services.
The system manages symptoms, tracks
disease progression, reduces re-admissions,
manages medications, and has a proven
track record of growing HME ventilator
market share. The service is a response to
the struggle HME providers are facing with
the shortage of RTs and the need for clinical
oversight in their ventilator management