Life Goes On – Going public with oxygen and your portable oxygen concentrator

So you’ve been prescribed oxygen by your physician. If the image that springs to mind is a near-invalid struggling with a large, noisy tank – and the accompanying stares – you may feel that the quality of your life has changed dramatically. And permanently. But today’s personal oxygen concentrators (POCs) are a new generation of compact, quiet and user-friendly machines that allow you to continue to embrace daily activities, including social situations and travel.

oxygen machine you can carry on your shoulder

Inogen One G2 small oxygen machine

“I thought it was like being sentenced to a life of confinement. I figured I’d be too embarrassed to go out,” confides Jean, describing her reaction to being prescribed oxygen therapy. She recalled memories of an aunt who seldom left home, and for whom getting out was a major ordeal.

“I knew I had a family reunion coming up. I didn’t want to be intrusive with this big, noisy machine. I didn’t want people staring at me, and I sure didn’t want their pity.”

Jean’s reaction is not uncommon. But her fears were allayed when she became acquainted with the new, compact and user-friendly POCs. With their long battery life and portability, today’s personal oxygen concentrators enhance life and allow her to easily continue to enjoy the very activities she feared it would interrupt.

Today’s POCs are so compact and light they can be easily carried by cart or even over-the-shoulder bags. They operate off battery, DC or AC power, and boast extended battery life – essential for extended outings, such as camping and air travel.

For example, the Eclipse, Invacare Solo, Devilbiss IGO and Oxlife are great options for those with high oxygen demands or who require a continuous oxygen flow to maintain oxygen saturations. Pulse dose or on-demand flow POCs provide oxygen when the patient inhales, deliverying “puffs” of oxygen rather than a continuous flow. Lifechoice, Precision EasyPulse, Invacase XP02, Inogen One G2 and Drive Oxus Reliability are a great choice, maintaining a low profile and ultra portability.

Until recently, airline travel has been prohibitive for patients requiring continuous flow oxygen. However, the Sequal Eclipse and the Invacare SOLO2 have given wings to those requiring oxygen by incorporating both delivery options into one unit. Although slightly heavier than their pulse-mode counterparts, both meet the FAA requirements for elevation and battery life. Other FAA-approved POCs include the Respironics EverGo (which weighs only 10 pounds and delivers oxygen up to 8,000 feet), Inogen One G2, Invacare XP02, Sequal Eclipse, Respironics SimplyGo and Life Choice.

As you can see, there is an extensive selection of the new generation of POCs that will help you maintain your active lifestyle, each with its own specific advantages and limitation. While your doctor is the one who can answer questions as to the amount of oxygen required and the manner of delivery best for you, Vienna Medical is your go-to source when it’s time to select your POC. Since we represent virtually every brand and model, we’re familiar with the latest technology, as well as each machine’s individual features, strengths and limitations. We are totally objective; our only concern is the best fit for your particular needs and lifestyle. We can help you compare features and prices, and we’ll even help with your insurance. Most models are available on a rental or purchase basis, so you get a chance to put your POC to the test of daily living before making that commitment.

Life with a Personal Oxygen Concentrator does require some adjustment, but thanks to the advanced technology this no longer means a big, noisy tank in your home, limited mobility or cumbersome tanks to haul. It’s a wonderful life, and today’s POCs help you continue to embrace every precious day – including enjoying your friends, family and favorite activities.

Visit http://www.viennamedical.com/portable-oxygen-concentrator.html and check out the new generation of Personal Oxygen Concentrators. Or call us at 1-800-489-8165; our professionals are available to discuss your options based on need, use and budget. We are a virtual one-stop for POCs, with sales, rentals and support long after we deliver your unit. Whichever unit your choose, we are committed to making sure your Personal Oxygen Concentrator best serves your needs and lets you get on with this business of living. Breathe easy – you’re with Vienna Medical.

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7 Responses to Life Goes On – Going public with oxygen and your portable oxygen concentrator

  1. Skip Martin says:

    In your FAQ section you seemed to suggest that getting reimbursed for a POC through Medicare was at best difficult.

    Here is a Q&A from a distributor for SimplyGo:

    Q. Does Medicare cover the Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

    Yes. If you have Medicare part B they cover their standard 80%. You will be responsible for the 20% co-payment unless you have supplemental insurance to cover this amount.

    Can you possibly clarify this discrepancy?

    Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Skip,

      We appreciate your input in our forum. It’s important to read between the lines here. I think that is what the discrepancy is. The question is wether or not Medicare will pay for a portable oxygen concentrator. The quick and factual answer is yes. Vienna Medical actually does provide POC’s for Medicare patients. The next question might be; how hard is it to get Medicare to cover and pay for a portable oxygen concentrator? The quick and factual answer is “not hard at all as long as the patient qualifies under Medicare guidelines. The challenge in getting a portable oxygen concentrator covered by your insurance is not a question of coverage it is a question of availability. Does your supplier offer a portable oxygen concentrator where they are willing to bill your insurance? Have you asked?

      As mentioned in the article, it is not common practice for the suppliers in today’s reimbursement environment to offer such expensive machines to their patients. Oxygen supply companies (or Durable Medical Equipment companies as they are called and licensed by the government), are still set up to operate with compressed oxygen in tanks. You know the ones you have pull around with a cart. This delivery model is hard to get away from when you have invested in this strategy. Therefore, purchasing a bunch of expensive machines to give to your patients in leu of tanks is not very cost effective for a lot of companies. With that said, there are companies that are offering them but be careful as to which machine you get. A lot of portable oxygen concentrators on the market are very fragile and have multiple problems so you must have a “plan B” for when something happens to it.

      Skip, I hope this helps you understand a little better why it is still a challenge. Where are you located and what are you looking for? We might be able to help you.
      Corey Shenk

      • Skip Martin says:

        Corey — thanks for the detailed reply.

        Could you email me so I can follow up with a more detailed question about my interest — it’s not necessarily a topic for your forum.

        Thanks.

        Skip

  2. Sue Huggin says:

    Kaiser (Apria) will not provide POC, so we need to buy one but there are so many it is hard to make a choice. Sue is using 2 1/2 L 7/24 and uses a demand regulator. How do I select which one?

    • admin says:

      Hi there Sue, choosing and comparing the right Portable oxygen concentrator for you situation is crucial. There are so many different brands. This is why we carry all of the POC’s on the market. Just give us a call and one of our Respiratory experts can help you 1-800-489-8165. In the meantime if you don’t know how to choose the best portable oxygen generator machine for your situation I will explain a little here.

      First, you need to take a strong look at how you are going to use it. Do you need it for sleep or just walking around? If you need it for sleep or you need a continuous flow portable oxygen concentrator. If you can tolerate pulse dose or an on demand portable oxygen concentrator then you should check out the smaller units. Here is a link to our POC page for Portable oxygen concentrator frequently asked questions. http://www.viennamedical.com/faqs.html#poc

      Generally, if you need a continuous flow liter flow setting then you will need to go with one of the larger units. Now, I know we all want the smaller lighter ones and we carry those obviously but you have to be able to tolerate pulse dose delivery of oxygen. With this said, there is one company who has “FDA” approval as a pulse dose portable oxygen machine for sleep…it’s the Inova Labs LIfechoice portable oxygen concentrator. The lifechoice POC has a “sleep mode” setting that allows the machine to be 10 times more sensitive and therefor works for most nocturnal oxygen patients on or below 2 liters per minute (at least for most of our customers).

      So my first questions is how are you going to use it? Second question is are you going to travel with it? Driving? Flying?

      Thanks for you question.
      Corey Shenk

  3. sharon orozco says:

    Do you do the paperwork for applying to medicare for a Life choice Activx

    • admin says:

      Hello Sharon, you need to contact your local supplier to get all of the paperwork you need. We only supply to our local area and rent or sell the Portable oxygen concentrator units nationally.

      Read our section at the link below for how to qualify for a portable oxygen concentrator through Medicare.
      http://www.viennamedical.com/faqs.html#poc

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