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.
“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.