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Oxygen Concentrator Information

Oxygen concentrators can be life-extending machines for people with chronic breathing problems. They take in the regular air that most of us breathe and purify it, so that what the patient receives is almost pure oxygen. That, in turn, means the oxygen taken into the bloodstream and lungs contains none of the other gases that might interfere with good oxygen delivery. As a result, the heart doesn't have to work so hard to maintain the body.

Using an Oxygen Concentrator


1. Step 1

Make certain the oxygen concentrator is properly set-up by an expert, a service that should provided as part of the purchase price. Avoid setting the machine up yourself without proper training because of the danger factors involved with this type of equipment.

2. Step 2

Turn the machine on and adjust the oxygen flow as prescribed by your doctor. Put on the nasal cannula, fitting it so the prongs are properly placed inside the nose and the cannula fits comfortably against the face and neck. Use the concentrator for the amount of time and number of treatments prescribed. Do not readjust the airflow of the machine unless instructed to do so by your physician.

3. Step 3

Turn the machine off when each treatment is complete. Take off the nasal cannula. Disinfect it with alcohol and place it in the machine's slot until time for the next treatment.

4. Step 4

Discontinue treatment, turn off and unplug the machine if any type of problem occurs. Contact the machine's manufacturer or retailer for instructions or to arrange a service call as needed. Do not reconnect the machine until advised to do so.

5. Step 5

Clean and disinfect the parts of your oxygen concentrator periodically following the instructions provided by the machine's manufacturer or the retailer from which it was purchased. Replace the nasal cannula periodically (two to three times a month).

6. Step 6

Follow the traveling instructions provided by your machine's manufacturer or retailer when it is necessary to take the machine out of the home. Most of these sources will provide individual instructions for travel by airplane, car, foot or train.