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What is a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
Portable Oxygen Concentrators, or POCs, are lightweight respiratory devices that deliver concentrated oxygen to patients. Depending on your specific needs, your doctor will recommend a Pulse Dose or Continuous Flow Oxygen Concentrator. A POC can greatly benefit your quality of life due to its small size and efficient design. You are able to travel freely with the lightweight machine or use it at home for a reliable oxygen supply — the benefits of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator are endless.
How do they work?
All oxygen concentrators work the same by extracting air from the room and converting it to a concentrated source of oxygen for the patient to breathe. This increases oxygen levels in the patient’s blood, which works to provide relief. The concentrator purifies air continuously to the patient and removes nitrogen to deliver oxygen-rich air to the patient through a nasal cannula.
The best part about a Portable Oxygen Concentrator is that it works off of a powered rechargeable battery or any AC/DC power source, so you can take your concentrator with you no matter where you go. Additionally, the portable concentrator does not require refills, as the air is continuously circulated through the machine rather than refilled by a supplier.
What are the benefits of using a POC?
Using a concentrator can improve your daily health as well as increase your ability to perform daily tasks and stay active. Supplemental oxygen can increase survival, improve your sleep habits and can even increase your tolerance to exercise. An increased level of oxygen in your blood can boost your stamina, so you can get back to an active lifestyle without worrying about low energy or a decreased oxygen supply.