How Portable Oxygen Concentrators Are Giving Lung Patients Their Life Back.
Remember those long, rusty-looking oxygen tanks that used to stand in some elderly relative’s room when you were a kid? They don’t make them like that anymore. Rejoice.
While those tanks still have their uses and remain widely used and may even play a part in saving our lives, technology has gifted us something far more convenient for home use: the portable oxygen concentrator.
Let’s take a look at how these small machines are changing the way lung patients live.
1. Designed to work
Portable oxygen concentrators create their own oxygen instead of relying on a limited supply. They work by sucking oxygen from the air, filtering it, and storing it. They can weigh as little as five pounds and some of them are small enough to fit in a shoulder bag. They have battery lives that last up to 12 hours and also come equipped with A/C adapters so they can be charged anywhere on the go.
2. Keeps travel in the picture
Travelling is very difficult for people with oxygen tanks. Tanks are not allowed on planes and their bulky size makes them uncomfortable to travel with by car. But these restrictions don’t apply to portable oxygen concentrators – many of them have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for in-flight use. They’re also easy to carry by car or train, most of which will have charging points for their A/C adaptor.
3. Lets people have a life
A portable oxygen concentrator can be moved around. Which means you won’t feel isolated. You can visit friends and go to cafes, restaurants, theatres, parks – pretty much all the places you always used to go. Including the gym.
4. Lets people get some sleep
Portable oxygen concentrators can deliver a continuous flow of oxygen throughout the night, getting you a good night’s sleep. This will also improve your mental cognition and mood during the day.
5. Flexibly priced
The average cost of a portable oxygen concentrator depends on its maker, its weight and the amount of oxygen it can hold. Right now, prices range between $2,000 and $6,000. You also have the option to rent.
If $2,000 is too expensive for you and renting is not an option, you may be able to get a machine at a reduced cost or even for free. Insurance companies like Medicare might pay for the equipment under certain circumstances. But check with your company before buying your machine – you may be required to meet certain conditions.
The good news is finding an inexpensive option shouldn’t be hard – all it requires is some research on your part. You can easily search for and compare different types of portable oxygen concentrators online, including insurance coverage options. Good luck!