In the United States alone, an estimated 1.5 million people rely on supplemental oxygen in their daily lives, and HME businesses are ideally positioned to meet this need. There are, generally, two ways for HME providers to do this, either through a tank-delivery system or providing portable oxygen devices.
Product trends suggest a higher patient demand for portable oxygen devices (POC). POCs give patients the freedom to live a more active lifestyle, independent from the home and healthcare facilities, which ultimately helps to improve patients’ overall well-being. Suppliers continue to find ways to increase portability by boosting battery life, expanding the possibilities for connectivity between devices and smartphones and reducing device weight without losing tank capacity.
Tank delivery still has a place in the market, but providers who only deal in the tank-delivery business might be missing out on an opportunity to expand sales and tap into a new customer base. Whether you are a POC business or tank-delivery business looking to expand or transition into a new model, it is important to keep up-to-date on the wide-range of POCs available and what each has to offer customers in the way of portability. Here is a selection of POC devices and accessories currently on the market:
Nexus Home Silver
New Patient Management Software for NIV/Oxygen Patients
Encore’s new software, Nexus Home Silver, is an application that fuses software-based ventilation and oxygen therapy equipment set up/maintenance protocol with its nationally recognized clinical risk assessments and plan of care protocols. The web-based application can be used on a smartphone, tablet, or PC, where the platform guides respiratory therapists through a comprehensive ventilator and/or oxygen therapy protocol, enabling providers to document in the Nexus database initial set up, home safety, and vent check visits.
Utilized to be used 24/7
- The Oxlife Independence is the first POC designed to be utilized 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The single solution provides the best therapy options while still helping providers improve their bottom line.
- Providers now have the incredible capability to monitor have their devices are being used. The monitor function can be used to observe oxygen use to combat patient re-admissions.
- Reduce equipment needs by matching patients with the most appropriate mode of oxygen therapy while sending automated alerts for device and patient issues.
Eclipse 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
24/7 solution for patients
- Provides an all-in-one, 24/7 solution for patients requiring higher flow oxygen at home or on the road.
- Offers continuous flow oxygen up to 3 LPM and pulse dose settings available up to 192 mL bolus size.
- Offers advanced pulse delivery features including autoSAT technology, which allows for customizable pulse dose with adjustable bolus rise time and trigger sensitivity.
Applied Home Healthcare Equipment
POC Provides O2 From the Hip
- The three-setting Intelligent Pulse dose OxyGo FIT is small enough and quiet enough to be worn on a patient’s hip.
- Weighs in at 2.8 lbs. with a single battery, and provides up to a five-hour battery life with a double battery.
- For the provider, POCs mean fewer deliveries, as well as no HazMat licenses, DOT training, or vehicle placarding.
Single-prong cannula designed to be comfortable
The Uni-flo2 cannula system represents a complete redesign of the nasal cannula. It is the first cannula designed with the patient in mind. It optimizes human use by being safe, secure, tender and unseen.
It is more comfortable to wear and use than dual-pronged cannulas and also offers more efficient oxygen delivery so it might even reduce your oxygen bill over time. The Uni-flo2 reduces the amount of plastic that touches skin, thereby potentially reducing skin irritation by as much as fifty percent, works perfectly for oxygen delivery and requires no change in current clinical practice and has a unique, patented, nasal cavity component that enables ease of use and a soft touch connection within the nasal cavity.
O2Go and AirGo
All-in-one valves ensure greatest performance
The O2Go and AirGo (all-in-one) valves are
compact and lightweight. They are built
out of lightweight anodized aluminum to
ISO-9001:2015, CGA & FDA guidelines
and regulations. These guidelines ensure
the units perform at the highest standard
possible with the most reliability. All units are
tested before they leave the factory. O2Go
and AirGo include features such as easy to
read “precise” flows, built-in rupture
disc, 50 PSI DISS port, CGA540
FILL/VACUUM port and a
compact composite body.
Oxygen solution that lightweight and portable
The NEW GCE Zen-O lite is your ideal lightweight,
portable oxygen solution. Weighing only 5.5 lbs., the
Zen-O lite produces
1050ml of oxygen per
minute and provides
Pulse oxygen settings
of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5,
3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0.
Zen-O lite’s Pulse
oxygen delivery is rate
responsive and maintains
the oxygen bolus
size as the patient’s
breath rate increases.
Zen-O lite provides a
low total cost of ownership
with field replaceable
sieve beds and easy serviceability.
Sunset Healthcare Solutions
Firesafe Cannula Valve and Nozzle
Reduce risk of oxygen-aided fires
Help improve patient safety by reducing the risk of
oxygen-aided fires with the Firesafe Cannula Valve and Nozzle. The products work to automatically stop
the flow of oxygen in the event that the downstream
oxygen tubing is ignited. The unit can be installed in
seconds and offers a cost-effective solution to lower
the risk of serious patient injury no matter what method
of oxygen delivery they use.
Responsive Respiratory Inc.
Tote ‘N Go
Heavy-duty, moisture-resistant cardboard tote designed for durability
The Tote ‘N Go TM carriers are an
economical way to transport cylinders
from the warehouse to the patient’s
home. The heavy-duty, moisture-resistant
cardboard totes were
for greater durability and
simplified set-up. Responsive Respiratory
offers the Tote ‘N Go TM cardboard
cylinder carrier in three sizes to accommodate
all delivery and transportation needs: M6 tote (6 cylinder capacity),
M9/D tote (4 cylinder capacity), and D/E tote (4 cylinder capacity). The heavyduty
cardboard carriers complement Responsive Respiratory’s full line of
oxygen delivery, storage, and transport solutions. All products are stocked and
ready for immediate shipment from the central US warehouse.
3B Medical Inc
Cirrus 5 Stationary Oxygen Concentrator
3B Medical Debuts Second Generation Cirrus 5
3B Medical Inc. has unveiled the second generation
design of the Cirrus 5 Stationary Oxygen Concentrator. The new Cirrus 5
features a new and improved carrying handle;
an oxygen outlet port that has been upgraded
from plastic to stainless steel; the addition of
power cord retention features that remove
possibility of accidental power disconnect; and
a new, lighter color that incorporates fingerprint