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Oxygen Concentrator vs. Oxygen Cylinder. Are Oxygen Concentrators better?

Oxygen Concentrator vs. Oxygen Cylinder. Are Oxygen Concentrators better?

Have you ever wondered What’s the difference between an Oxygen Concentrator and an Oxygen Cylinder?

It is quite an investment, and most people who buy either of the above, depend on them daily
Both devices deliver medical oxygen to those in need of it. But how they deliver the oxygen, their working mechanism, cost, usage and specifications differ.

The main difference is in the way the oxygen is provided. Oxygen Cylinders have a limited amount of compressed oxygen. They can be used until they run out, at which point, the user must refill them.

Oxygen concentrators filter the air and produce medical oxygen constantly, as so long as the battery is charged. They take in air from one end, filter the unwanted components, and provide oxygen of high purity to the user.

Other than the aforementioned, there are many aspects that separate these two. Oxygen concentrators offer several advantages over oxygen systems that rely on cylinders and tanks.

 

He ain’t Heavy, he’s my Oxygen Concentrator!

People who depend on Oxygen Cylinders often find it daunting to manage them.
Let’s face it, the sheer size and weight of the tank is a let-down for those of us who must carry it around.

Here’s where Oxygen Concentrators gain the upper hand – A Miracle Oxygen Support system that gaining a lot of attention in Indian Healthcare Market.

Let’s look at how Oxygen Concentrators can be a saving grace for many.

 

  1. Reliable – Oxygen is a gift.

    The inbuilt mechanism of an Oxygen Concentrator extracts oxygen from the surrounding air, thereby providing an unlimited supply of oxygen. Unlike an Oxygen Cylinder, the Oxygen Concentrator has no concept of refilling. This saves a lot of money and time and brings about a sense of relief. So, if the battery is up and running, you have ensured a supply of free and pure oxygen that won’t run out.

  2. Safety

    An oxygen tank is susceptible to leaks. Not only is this a waste of money, it is also risky. Air enriched with oxygen increases the risk of a fire. Oxygen concentrators do not have these issues as they do not store oxygen and can be turned off anytime.

  3. Talk about the cost!

    If you consider just the purchase cost, the Oxygen Concentrator would require a bigger investment as compared to the Cylinder. But, considering the recurring cost of refilling the Oxygen Cylinder, the Oxygen Concentrator will be easy on your pockets in the long run.

  4. The size and weight of Oxygen Concentrators is a let-up.

    Thanks to the huge space requirement and weight issues of Oxygen Cylinders, it’s always been a concern for patients to store and move around. The Oxygen Concentrator addresses these concerns by making it convenient to store and use since both the size and weight are drastically reduced.

 

It’s quite evident as to how the wonderfully engineered Oxygen Concentrator proves its efficiency over the traditional Oxygen Cylinder.
There’s no doubt the initial expense of the Oxygen Concentrator outmatches the oxygen cylinder. But, eventually, it comes down to choosing what’s favourable and in the best interest of the patient’s needs. But It is a matter of breathing – a basic human need. Always be prepared, keep a backup oxygen cylinder available for use, as well as additional fully charged batteries in case of a power outage.

If you’re interested in buying an oxygen concentrator, you can view the options in our store, or contact our sales professionals.

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What is an Oxygen Concentrator? How does an Oxygen Concentrator work?

What is an Oxygen Concentrator? How does an Oxygen Concentrator work?

What is an Oxygen Concentrator?

An oxygen concentrator or otherwise referred to as oxygen machines, O2 concentrators or oxygen generators.

An Oxygen Concentrator is a medical device that concentrates oxygen from the air and stores it in a cylinder, which is later administered to the individual who requires it, by means of a mask or pipe to the nasal passage.

What does an Oxygen Concentrator do?

Oxygen Concentrators, regardless of the name, provide an affordable way for oxygen therapy patients to supplement their oxygen needs without the need of bulky, heavy oxygen tanks. Unlike tanks, oxygen concentrators do not run out of oxygen. A personal oxygen concentrator pulls-in regular room air, filters out some of the other gases present and delivers concentrated, medical-grade oxygen.

Who are these individuals?

Oxygen concentrators are used by people who have a medical condition that results in low levels of oxygen in the blood. It is known as Hypoxemia. A person with hypoxemia experiences shortness of breath.

How does an Oxygen Concentrator function?

Oxygen concentrators are man-made trees. Oxygen concentrators give you purified and concentrated oxygen. An oxygen concentrator takes in air and purifies it for use by people requiring medical oxygen due to low oxygen levels in their blood.

They achieve this by a technique called pressure swing adsorption. In layman terms, what it actually does is,

  1. it takes in the atmospheric air and pressurizes the air against an adsorbent bed.
  2. Nitrogen is retained in the bed and only oxygen with purity up to 93% (+/- 3%) is taken out from the other side of the bed which is then passed through HEPA filters.
  3. HEPA filters can be thought of as a very strict watchman that doesn’t let 99.97% of particles up to the size of 0.3 µm to pass through. You shouldn’t expect anything less because you deserve only the purest.

An oxygen concentrator takes in air and purifies it for use by people requiring medical oxygen due to low oxygen levels in their blood.

Oxygen Concentrator

It works by:

  • Taking in air from its surroundings
  • Compressing air, while the cooling mechanism keeps the concentrator from overheating
  • Removing nitrogen from the air via filter and sieve beds
  • Adjusting delivery settings with an electronic interface
  • Delivering the purified oxygen via a nasal cannula or mask
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What is COPD? (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

What is COPD? (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Do you have trouble with your breathing on a regular basis?

If the answer is yes, you may have a condition known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD for short. COPD are diseases that make breathing difficult. The two most common conditions that lead to COPD are Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis. Emphysema is a condition when the linings of the tiny air sacs(alveoli) in your lungs become damaged beyond repair. Over time, the lung damage gets worse. In chronic bronchitis, exposure to tobacco smoke and other pollutants cause lung irritation and over time can lead to inflammation in the airways that deliver air into the lungs via the bronchial tubes. As a result, the airways produce more mucus than they would otherwise. The Inflammation reduces air flow to the lungs causing coughing and shortness of breath, and as time progresses, it will become harder to breathe.

 

If you live in a metropolitan city, you have probably noticed the air is thick with smog. COPD is common in cities where effluents from motor vehicles and other pollutants are thick in the air. Air is essential for life, and the air in most major cities is polluted far beyond safe thresholds and is likely to cause harmful effects in the long term.

Furthermore, in densely populated cities with a large concentration of vehicles, factories or other sources of air pollution there is “leakage” of pollutants from the city to outlying areas. Similarly, the hazards in one place can become airborne and reach far beyond their source. Another common misconception is that, if the air does not have an odour, it is safe to breathe. Many pollutants or hazards can become airborne without being detected. Some pollutants, inhaled even in trace quantities can have adverse health effects.

 

COPD is a common effect of Air Pollution, but there is a broad range of undesirable effects, from irritation in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat to fatigue, headaches, and dizziness. In severe cases, the respiratory tract and lungs can be affected and can lead to severe impacts on an individual’s health. Listed below are some of the diseases that can occur due to or because of COPD:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Impaired lung function
  • Pulmonary cancer
  • Mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos
  • Pneumonia
  • Leukaemia
  • Birth defects
  • Immune system defects
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Neurobehavioral disorders
  • Liver and other types of cancer
  • Premature death

The Global Burden of Disease Study reports a prevalence of 251 million cases of COPD globally in 2016, and out of these more than 90% of COPD deaths occur in low­ and middle­income countries.

The number of COPD cases are increasing at an alarming rate. The general lack of awareness of COPD can prove to be lethal if not attended to during the early stages. Hope this blog helps shed some light on COPD and how neglected it has been throughout the years.