Assessing the Effectiveness of POCs in the Current Marketplace

Navigating the maze of features and benefits of today’s portable oxygen concentrators can be a daunting task for homecare providers, clinicians and patients. From the patented, smart oxygen delivery technologies to the range of device settings there are a lot of variables to consider.

Join guest speaker and researcher Rachel Culbreth, PhD, MPH, RRT for a review of the recent Georgia State University study, “Comparison of portable oxygen concentrators using a COPD patient simulation model.”

Dr. Culbreth and her fellow researchers compared the oxygen output of eight market leading portable oxygen devices in comparison to control group systems including a stationary oxygen concentrator and wall output oxygen similar to what a patient would receive in a clinical environment. Each device was assessed based on its ability to deliver oxygen in a variety of situations intended to model common breathing scenarios.

Recently presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress and the American Association for Respiratory Care Congress, the information presented in this webinar is essential for any homecare provider that supplies oxygen patients.

What You'll Learn:

  • Overview of the study, “Comparison of portable oxygen concentrators using a COPD patient simulation model,” (Rachel Culbreth, PhD, MPH, RRT, et al, Department of Respiratory Therapy, Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University)
  • Examine differences in delivered FiO2 among eight POCs and control group oxygen delivery devices using COPD patient lung simulator
  • Implications of study for homecare providers, clinicians and patients

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) / 1:00 p.m. (Central) / 11:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour


Dr. Rachel CulbrethRachel Culbreth, PhD, MPH, RRT
Dr. Rachel Culbreth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State University. She worked as a clinical respiratory therapist in both adult and neonatal critical care units before pursuing her MPH and PhD in epidemiology. Her respiratory therapy research focuses on examining the efficacy of oxygen therapy devices and improving manual ventilation techniques for providers. She also conducts population-based research on developing smoking cessation interventions and improving the care for NICU patients and families.

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