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:
Applied Home Healthcare Equipment
The lightweight, easy-to-use, and FAA-approved OxyGo now includes a fifth setting: 1050 ml/min O2 output, and operates quietly at a reduced sound level of 39 dB at setting 2. The POC weighs less than 5 lbs. and provides up to nine hours of battery life.
Sunset Healthcare Solutions
Sleepnet Innova CPAP Masks
Combining affordability and quality, Sleepnet Innova CPAP masks feature lightweight, patented AIR-gel for maximum comfort. The Active Headgear Connector moves with patients for a reliable seal. Innova masks are designed and manufactured in the United States, made with environmentally conscious production practices, and warrantied against manufacturing defects.
3B Medical Inc
Cirrus 5 Oxygen Concentrator
The Cirrus 5 Oxygen Concentrator is a small, quiet concentrator that operates at less than 40 dB . The device is designed to be easy to use, and provides up to 5 LPM of continuous flow, therapeutic oxygen with low maintenance.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
Oxygen Cylinder Stand
Stand Allows for Upright Storage of Large Cylinders
Drive Medical Oxygen Cylinder Stand from allows large oxygen cylinders to be secured upright in order to conserve storage space. The reversible clamp adjusts from 7 in. to 9 in. in diameter. Made of sturdy metal construction, the stand can secure cylinders of the following sizes: M60, M90, MM, H & T.