What is oxygen concentrator & what is it used for?
Oxygen Concentrator is a medical equipment /device which extract the Oxygen from the air around us by removing the nitrogen and other gases. Extracted/ Concentrated Oxygen is delivered to the patient through oxygen mask or nasal cannula to improve Oxygenation in the blood.
Definition of oxygen concentrator: An oxygen concentrator is a type of medical equipment used to provide oxygen to people with breathing-related problems. Specially to the people who have a lower than average concentration of oxygen in their blood also need an oxygen concentrator to inhale the oxygen via nose
Typically, A doctor prescribe the oxygen concentrator after a comprehensive medical examination of the patient. Doctor will prescribe the oxygen flow (in litre / minutes) that a patient need to inhale to maintain the oxygen saturation in the blood. Most of the time the doctors will also teach the patients how to use these concentrators safely while travelling and at home.
How does the portable or home oxygen concentrator work?
The oxygen concentrators collect the air from surrounding, compress it as required & then pass it through a sieve bed zeolite, Zeolite absorb the nitrogen and pass the oxygen and then deliver filtered oxygen to the patient in a through a flowmeter delivery system with continuous flow.
5 Steps that Oxygen Concentrator performs during oxygen making Process:
- Takes air from the surroundings and filter it.
- Compresses the air inside the machine.
- Zeolite absorb nitrogen from the air and pass the oxygen.
- Regulates the Oxygen Delivery through Flowmeter
- Delivers the purified Oxygen using nasal Cannula.
Oxygen concentrator output is measured in the LPM (litres per minute) like 5 litres per minute.
Your doctor will prescribe the amount of oxygen you need, which may vary during rest, sleep, and while you're exercising.
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