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:
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
Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator
New POC weathers everyday life — even when everyday life gets a little wet
Invacare Corp. has launched a new portable oxygen concentrator, the Platinum
Mobile Oxygen Concentrator, which is designed to be water resistant, rugged,
and simple to use. To ensure water resistance, the POC includes downward
facing ports and vents; reinforced battery door seals; and integrated drainage
channels built into the carrying bag. The POC
meets IP22 water resistance standard for
exposure up to 10 minutes. Reinforced
bumpers, an encapsulated compressor
and latch free doors dissipate shock, and
high-grade tubing combined with dual
intakes and exhausts maximize heat
dissipation, allowing the POC to
function in varying temperatures
Sensor to convert inhalers into connected devices
The Inspair smart sensor converts pressurized metered dose inhalers into
connected devices that can record data related to the inhalations to help
patients with Asthma or COPD improve management of their treatment. The
system automatically records data related to daily inhalations, ensures the right
preparation of the canister (shake before usage), assesses the coordination
of actuation with inhalation (“hand-mouth” coordination) and also provides
with useful guidance
throughout the inhalation
steps. This assists
reduces the frequency
of attacks, and
improves the patient’s