Product Solutions: Oxygen
A look at some of the latest oxygen offerings on the market.
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:
Versatile Roller Bags Make Oxygen Transport Easier
O2 Cylinder Roller Bags
- A versatile and easy way to transport oxygen tanks.
- The CSBD2-Roller accommodates two D or E tanks and features three grommets for oxygen tubing and one side-zipper storage pocket.
- The CSBD1-Roller accommodates a single D or E tank, converts into a backpack with two padded straps, and features four grommets for oxygen tubing and two storage pockets.
Sunset Healthcare Solutions
POC Offers Multiple Power Options for Portability
FreeStyle Comfort Portable Oxygen Concentrator
- Weighs five pounds and includes a five-setting pulse flow with sensitive breath detection and safety technology.
- Wireless connectivity to CAIREview, CAIRE’s telehealth solution.
- Operational via wall outlet power, motor vehicle power, or by an eight-hour rechargeable battery.
OxyGo Introduces its Most Portable POC
- Weighs 2.8 pounds and includes the three-setting Intelligent Pulse dose, delivering 210 milliliters of oxygen per setting.
- Three-hour battery life or an optional five-hour battery.
- Bluetooth enabled with patient app and provider portal.
Invacare Rolls Out New Durable POC For Active Daily Use
Invacare Platinum Oxygen Concentrator
- Lightweight, discreet device designed for daily use.
- Batteries last up for 10 hours and are easily changed by way of hot-swap capabilities, allowing users to change or add batteries without shutting down the device.
- The Piccolo O2 app replicates the device’s display on a smart phone showing remaining battery time and provides easy access to user manual and resources.
GCE Announces New Remote Monitoring Platform
- A secure online platform that enables health care providers and home oxygen users to remotely monitor the Zen-O POC.
- Users and providers can monitor device performance, oxygen flow and purity, device location and battery life.
- Platform is not dependent on patients having a smart phone or Bluetooth enabled phone and can be accessed from either a desktop computer or mobile device.
Precision Introduces New POC With Increased Portability Features
live ACTIVE Five
- Lightweight, wearable design weighing less than five pounds.
- Five-setting pulse flow with VPSA technology.
- Lithium ion battery provides more than four hours of cordless power with a two-hour recharge time.
Precision Medical, Inc.
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of HME Business.