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:
Live Active Five
Portable oxygen concentrator hopes to help customers 'live actively'
With Precision Medical’s new Live Active Five, a five-liter
portable oxygen concentrator, Precision Medical says
patients can now “live actively” by taking their POC as they
go about their daily lives. Due to its dual-curved body, users
can wear the product on their right or left hip. Its replaceable
lithium ion battery offers up to 6.5 hours of life and can be fully charged in two
hours. Clients can expect a straightforward user experience, as the Live Active
Five has a simple LCD screen with easy-to-understand language. Battery changes
are also a simple process because of convenient top access on the concentrator.
Precision Medical plans to launch a Live Active brand that will host its current
POCs help patients stay active, provider stay informed
GCE Healthcare’s Zen-O and Zen-O lite portable oxygen
concentrators. give patients the increased freedom
and confidence they need to live active lifestyles.
Featuring Rate Responsive Therapy, the devices automatically
adjust to the needs of the patient maintaining
FiO2 levels as breath rate increases. In addition, GCE
Healthcare features Clarity Connected Care, a remote
monitoring system for the Zen-O POC. Clarity allows Home Oxygen Providers and
patients to monitor their devices on any platform anywhere in the world.
Portable oxygen concentrator designed for wireless connectivity, easy travel
Manufactured by CAIRE Inc., the
FreeStyle Comfort is a lightweight,
5-setting pulse flow portable
oxygen concentrator with wireless
connectivity, proprietary sensitive
breath detection features, and
delivering a maximum output of
up to 1050 milliliters. Weighing
only 5 pounds and designed with
patient comfort in mind, it has an ergonomic, curved
shell, LCD display screen, and battery pack options
offering up to 8 hours of charge. Operational via wall
outlet power, motor vehicle power, or by rechargeable
battery power, the device is designed for easy
traveling and meets FAA guidelines for commercial
air flights. The FreeStyle Comfort can connect to the
CAIREview™ telehealth solution.
Vivo65 ventilator treats respiratory diseases in children and adults
The Vivo65 ventilator from Breas Medical provides continuous or intermittent ventilator support for individuals who require mechanical ventilation. It is suitable for use in hospitals, postacute care institutions and the home and is indicated for both adult and pediatric patients under 11 pounds. Due to an accurate volume delivery and responsive trigger system, the Vivo65 is a practical choice for pediatric treatment, according to the company. Its intuitive interface makes the device easy to use.
ResMed introduces its first portable oxygen concentrator
The Mobi, ResMed’s first POC, uses what the company has dubbed Pulse-Wave technology to deliver dosed oxygen and to adapt to changes in users’ breathing, automatically switching between active and resting modes. The Mobi also features one of the longest-lasting POC batteries with up to nine hours of battery life, and it can be charged and powered using a standard AC power outlet and. The total weight of the Mobi weighs in at 5.5 lbs. to suit active lifestyles.
Live Active Five Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Precision Medical releases five-setting POC
The Live Active Five Portable Oxygen Concentrator delivers high oxygen purity on five pulse settings. With vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) technology, each sieve bed is regenerated each cycle, which helps providers eliminate frequent sieve bed replacements. The POC weighs 4.9 pounds, and the battery lasts up to six hours with a two-hour charge time.
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10-Liter Oxygen Concentrator
DeVilbiss Combines Maneuverability and Optimal Oxygen Delivery
The 10-Liter Oxygen Concentrator from DeVilbiss is lightweight and compact, designed to provide easy maneuverability and optimal oxygen delivery for users with varying flow requirements. The device weighs 42 pounds and is equipped with a DeVilbiss Oxygen Sensing Device (OSD) to monitor produced oxygen. Additional device features include accessible patient controls, bright LEDs that can be seen from a distance, protected cannula fitting, auxiliary oxygen port for cylinder transfill system compatibility and a recessed humidifier nook to prevent damage.
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Bonsai Velocity Pneumatic Oxygen Conserver
Bonsai Oxygen Conserver Delivers Uniform Oxygen With Fast Breathing
DeVibliss’s new Bonsai Velocity Pneumatic Oxygen Conserver is a quiet conserver delivering up to a 6:1 savings ratio from 14-40 breaths per minute to extend cylinder duration. Bonsai delivers uniform oxygen pulse in six increments with two flow setting presets of 2 and 4 LPM. Capable of sensing breathing, Bonsai provides oxygen in the first half of the inspiratory cycle to maximize efficiency in the delivery of oxygen. It operates on 2000 and 3000 PSI cylinders.
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.
Sunset Healthcare Solutions
O2 Cylinder Roller Bags
Versatile Roller Bags Make Oxygen Transport Easier
- 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.