A device that increases the concentration of oxygen from air by removing nitrogen, and delivers an oxygen-rich gas stream, it is called an oxygen concentrator. They are used industrially and as medical devices for oxygen therapy.
Individuals with Diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) , Sleep Apnea , Bronchitis , COVID-19, Asbestosis , asthma, lung abscess, lung cancer , Pneumonia, Pulmonary fibrosis or Cystic fibrosis more likely will need oxygen concentrators to relieve the need for oxygen.
There are two types of oxygen concentrators:
- Home therapy oxygen concentrator – this stationary oxygen concentrator (OC) comes in different oxygen flows from 5lpm (Liter Per Minute) till 20 lpm the most common is 5lpm and 10lpm (There for their names: 5 liters or 10 liters oxygen concentrator).
- Portable oxygen concentrator – A portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is a device used to provide oxygen therapy to people that require greater oxygen concentrations than the levels of ambient air. A portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is similar to a home Oxygen Concentrator but is more compact and mobile. They are small enough to carry and many are now FAA-approved for use on airplanes.
Oxygen Concentrator connection for CPAP and BIPAP devices
CPAP and BiPAP devices can be connected to an oxygen concentrator to deliver supplemental oxygen to the patient. The concentrator filters the air and removes nitrogen, leaving a higher concentration of oxygen, which is then delivered to the patient through the CPAP or BiPAP device. This setup can be useful for patients with respiratory conditions or other medical needs that require supplemental oxygen like sleep Apnea. It is important to note that the use of an oxygen concentrator with a CPAP or BiPAP device should be prescribed and monitored by a healthcare provider.
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