How to use an oxygen Concentrator
How to use an oxygen Concentrator
Switch ‘ON’ main power source where the power cord of the Oxygen Concentrator is
connected Place the machine in a well ventilated location preferably 1-2 ft. away from the
wall so that the intake and exhaust have clear access Connect the humidifier (Usually required for
Continuous Oxygen flow more than 2-3 LPM)
Ensure that the particle filter is in place Connect the Nasal Cannula/Mask and ensure that the tubing is not kinkedTurn-on the machine by pressing the ‘Power’ button/switch on the machine Set the Oxygen flow as prescribed by thephysician on the flow-meter Bubble out Oxygen by putting the outlet of
Nasal Cannula into a glass of water, this would ensure the flow of Oxygen Breathe through Nasal Cannula/Mask.
Maintaining your Oxygen Concentrator
There are few things that patient or patient’s caregiver need to keep in mind while using their Oxygen Machines. Some of these things require special attention while some are just basic maintenance
practices. Using a Voltage Stabilizer In many countries, people face the problem
of voltage fluctuation. This problem can be the killer of not just oxygen concentrator but any household electrical equipment.After a power cut the power comes back with such high voltage that it can affect the
compressor. This problem can be solved by using a good quality voltage stabilizer.
Voltage stabilizer stabilizes the voltage fluctuation and hence improves the life of the stationary oxygen concentrator. It is not mandatory to use a voltage stabilizer but it is recommended; after all,
you will be spending a lot of money to buy an oxygen concentrator and there is no harm in spending a few more bucks to buy a voltage stabilizer. Placement of the Oxygen Concentrator Oxygen concentrator can be kept anywhere inside the house; but while operating, it should be kept one feet away from the
walls, bed, sofa, etc. There should be 1-2 ft. of vacant space around the air-inlet of your oxygen
concentrator as the compressor inside the machine needs space to take in sufficient
amount of room air which will be concentrated to pure Oxygen inside the machine. (Air-inlet can be on the back, front or sides of the machine – depends on the model).
If enough gap is not provided for the air intake, then there is a possibility that the compressor of the machine might heat up as it wont be able take in sufficient amount of ambient air and the machine will give an alarm.
The Dust Factor
The dust in the environment plays a very important role in early service requirement of the machine. The airs impurities like dust particles which gets filtered out by the filters of the machine. These filters get choked after few months totally depending upon the dust level in the atmosphere inside the room.
When the filter gets choked then the oxygen’s purity drops. Most of the machines start giving alarm when this happens. The filters need to be replaced periodically in such cases. Though it is impossible to eliminate dust from air but you should avoid using your Oxygen Machine in a dusty environment; also basic precautionary measures can be taken to reduce it like whenever house is
being cleaned, machine can be switched off & covered because the amount of dust level increases drastically during house cleaning. The machine, if used at this time can suck in all the dust causing the filter to get choked soon.
Resting the Machine
Oxygen concentrators are made in such a way that they can run for 24 hours. But at times, they face the problem of heating upand stopping abruptly. Therefore, after continuous usage of 7-8
hours, the concentrator should be given a rest of 20-30 minutes. After 20-30 minutes the patient can turn the concentrator on and use it for another 7-8 hours before giving it a rest of 20-30 minutes again.
When the machine is switched off, then thepatient can use the standby cylinder. This will improve the life of the compressor of concentrator.
The stationary Oxygen concentrators face a huge challenge from the mouse running
around in the house. In most of the stationary oxygen concentrators there are vents under or
behind the machine. While the machine is being operated, the mouse is unable to get inside the machine.
But when the machine is stopped then themouse can get inside and create nuisance like chewing the wires and urinating on circuit board (PCB) of the machine. Once water goes into the circuit board then the
machine breaks down. PCBs unlike the filters are quite expensive
In some machines there is a cabinet/ external filter outside that can be taken out easily. This filter should be cleaned once in a week (or more frequently depending upon operating conditions) with soap water. Note that it should be dried completely before putting back in the machine.
The internal filters should be replaced by the authorized service engineer of your equipment provider only. These filters require replacement less often.
Humidifier Cleaning practices
Clean drinking water should be used for humidification to avoid/delay any blockages in holes of the bottle in long term The water should not be less/more than the respective min/max water level marks on
the bottle Water in the bottle should be replaced once in 2 days
Bottle should be cleaned from inside once in 2 days Basic precautionary measures and cleaning
We have different sizes of oxygen concentrators in stock at our showroom, Visit our medical store today at Spintex, around Ecobank to purchase or Call/WhatsApp 0550 173 991 to order any of our oxygen concentrators.