An oxygen concentration device is not a device that supplies oxygen to a patient via a plastic tube and a face mask. Instead, it’s a device that essentially concentrates the oxygen in the atmosphere of a room, such as a bedroom, and has been designed to assist people with all kinds of breathing difficulties. A breathing difficulty could be the result of asthma or bronchitis, a head or chest cold, breathing difficulties due to aging, suffering from an injury that renders breathing more difficult, following surgery and various other causes of breathing problems.
Many hospitals and clinics are equipped with oxygen concentration machines to assist patients with breathing difficulties but with the advent of modern technology and the subsequent size reduction of such devices, more portable oxygen concentrators are now available for use in the home or office.
The DJMed version of oxygen concentrator is small, compact, lightweight and totally portable. It also comes with rechargeable batteries for convenience and ease of use. Power consumption is just 420 watts and the device weighs in at only 18kg.
Some of the key features of the DJMed Oxygen Concentrator include:
- Portable and mobile
- Lightweight and compact
- Rechargeable batteries
- Oxygen purity indicator
- Humidifier bottle
- Modern design (looks more like a cooling appliance than a medical device)
- Modern digital flow meter
- Low maintenance technology and design
- Superior oxygen atomizing technology
- Works continuously for 24 hours if required
- Multi-channel oxygen filter for cleaner, purified air
- Produces high purity oxygen greater than 90%
- Oil-free compressor for quiet operation
- Easy to read digital display
How the DJMed Oxygen Concentrator Will Benefit You
Anyone suffering from breathing difficulties for any reason will benefit greatly from having an oxygen concentrator in the home or workplace. Rectifying breathing problems with the assistance of the device allows sufferers to get on with their day, now that the body is absorbing the amount of oxygen it needs for it to function normally.
Any respiratory problem is considered to be a major issue and health concern, as without enough oxygen in the bloodstream, the human body simply fails to work efficiently. Rather that having an oxygen tank and mask affixed to your face, the device simply fills the air with concentrated levels of oxygen, freeing you up to do the things you want or need to do. You will feel normal again.
How To Use An Oxygen Concentrator
The DJMed Oxygen Concentrator is extremely easy to use. It comes with an instruction manual supplied, so after reading through it and understanding the various functions of the device, you will be able to start using your oxygen concentrator so you can breath more easily, whether you are sleeping, working or simply chilling out at home. Just switch it on and let it permeate the atmosphere with concentrated oxygen levels.
|Outlet Pressure||30 – 70 kPa|
|Oxygen Flow||0.5 – 5 LPM|
|Oxygen Percentage||5L @93%±3%|
|Dimensions||41 x 28 x 51 cm|
|Power Consumption||420 W|
An oxygen concentrator machine filters oxygen from the atmosphere and helps individuals access it through a mask or cannula. The oxygen concentrator works by absorbing air from the surroundings and filtering out nitrogen and other gases.
What’s the difference between an oxygen cylinder and oxygen concentrator?
Oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders are designed to deliver oxygen therapy to patients who aren’t able to get the desired amount of oxygen on their own. Oxygen concentrators dispense oxygen in almost the same way that oxygen tanks do, delivering oxygen directly to the patient via a nasal cannula or an oxygen mask. The difference is that oxygen tanks contain a fixed amount of pressurized oxygen while concentrators collect oxygen from the surrounding air, concentrate it, and then deliver it to the patient, removing the need for replacement or refilling.
Pros & Cons
Oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators have several key differences, and each are defined by certain advantages and disadvantages.
Oxygen tanks contain pressurized oxygen that can be continuously released at specific flow rates to provide medical grade oxygen to the patient. These devices are usually mounted on a rolling apparatus—such as a small trolley or cart—that allows them to be rolled alongside the patient.
- No power required. One of the most distinct advantages of oxygen tanks is that they take advantage of the pressurized oxygen within them to operate. By releasing the oxygen at one of several flow rate options, oxygen tanks are able to operate without requiring the use of a battery or electrical outlet. This ensures that the tank will be able to provide oxygen until its contents are depleted.
- Silent. Since oxygen tanks are simply delivering their contents at a specified rate, there are no beeps or loud sounds associated with using them. This makes them great for use around other people in quiet environments like movie theatres or libraries, and ideal for napping or being around others who need to remain undisturbed, like babies.
- Lower initial cost. Oxygen tanks are the traditional form of personal oxygen, and as such, they are often the most inexpensive, featuring the lowest initial price tag of all the different oxygen devices on the market. If the dollar amount of the initial purchase is your primary concern, oxygen tanks are probably the way to go.
- Heavy and/or unwieldy. One of the most commonly noted disadvantages of oxygen tanks is their weight and portability. While wheel-mounted cart systems, like this one by Drive Medical, make rolling oxygen tanks simple and easy, the tanks themselves are somewhat heavy. This means that lifting the tank—for example, to put it in a vehicle or carry it up a staircase—can be challenging due to the weight of the device.
- Limited to their contents. Oxygen tanks only contain a limited amount of oxygen, and once the tank has been depleted, it has to be refilled or replaced with a new tank. Once the oxygen within the tank is depleted, the tank must be refilled or replaced with a fresh tank.
- Greater cost over time. Because oxygen tanks need to be refilled or replaced frequently, their initial low price adds up over time to make their cost higher long-term.
Instead of the limited amount of pressurized oxygen used by oxygen tanks, oxygen concentrators use a filtering system to take ambient air in from around the patient, compress and modify it to medical-grade standards, and then deliver it to the patient. These devices are available in both larger home-style models and smaller portable models that are more ideal for traveling and moving around on the go.
- Unlimited oxygen. The ability of oxygen concentrators to continuously draw in and treat air ensures that, unlike oxygen tanks, the concentrator will never run out of oxygen. This is frequently noted by customers as being one of the best features of oxygen concentrators.
- Lightweight. Because they do not rely on pressurized oxygen, concentrators do not require a dense metal tank. This means that they are notably lighter and more portable than most oxygen tanks. In fact, many oxygen concentrators, such as the Invacare Platinum Portable Oxygen Concentrator, are designed to be carried in a backpack or side bag for ultimate convenience.
- Greater versatility. Oxygen concentrators are available in a wide selection of sizes, models, and styles, each designed to perfectly accommodate a specific user base. While oxygen tanks are largely all the same, concentrators provide a greater variety of choices to ensure you get exactly what you need.
- Up-front cost. While oxygen tanks frequently need to be refilled or replaced, oxygen concentrators use ambient air and therefore don’t require the long-term maintenance costs that tanks do. All of your concentrators costs will come up-front in your initial purchase.
- Batteries required. Because they do not use pressurized oxygen within a tank, oxygen concentrators must rely on battery or electric power to perform their air filtering and oxygen flow. As is the case with any battery-powered device, the available charge in the battery must be considered. If the battery isn’t charged, it will eventually run out of power and the concentrator will shut down until charged again, which could be dangerous for someone who needs their oxygen at all times.
- Noisy. Oxygen concentrators collect oxygen from the air and then filter and compress it for the user. This process can often be noisy, due to the various components at work, and this is the most common complaint that concentrator users have. Many newer concentrator models have been designed to reduce this noise to barely noticeable levels, but there is often still some amount of sound associated with their operation.
- Expensive. Because of the complex mechanisms at work, oxygen concentrators are often quite expensive up-front. While this cost is a single purchase unlike that of oxygen tanks, many people may not be able to afford the high price tag all in one chunk even though it saves money in the long-run.
What are the Uses and Reasons for an Oxygen Concentrator?
Acute Conditions Requiring an Oxygen Concentrator: Asthma, pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) Chronic Diseases that Require Oxygen Therapy: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, etc.
What if the oxygen therapy of a participant changes?
The medical provider who is monitoring the person’s oxygen therapy can prescribe changes at any time.