Following the diagnosis of a disease that requires oxygen therapy, you likely have many questions. Not only do you have concerns about the ailment, but you likely have plenty of uncertainties regarding your treatment, too. If your physician does not prescribe a specific type of oxygen therapy equipment, you may rely on your oxygen provider to choose a machine for you. With so many options for oxygen therapy, who wouldn’t find themselves in a state of confusion?
There are simple questions you and your provider can use to find the perfect portable oxygen solution for you and your lifestyle. Take a look at the most important, outlined by the Invacare Corporation.
How Active Are You?
Think back to six months or a year before your diagnosis. Did you play with your grandkids and volunteer at church functions? Did you do your own grocery shopping as well as the cooking? Chances are your disease may have made you more sluggish over time, so when you are discussing your activity levels, don’t simply offer what you have been up to lately. Instead, talk about what you would do on a daily or weekly basis prior to the health decline that resulted in your new diagnosis.
If you were physically active and independent, you can stay that way with portable oxygen solutions. Consider a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) for unpredictable schedules or a home filling system if you prefer more planned occasions.
How Often Do You Leave Your Home?
If you consistently leave your house to visit friends, run errands or simply enjoy your surroundings, you will want a solution that’s as flexible as your interests. If you travel often, especially via airplane and for several nights, a POC will be your likely choice. With POCs, oxygen is produced as long as your battery is charged or your device is plugged in to an AC or DC outlet.
If, on the other hand, your schedule is set in stone and long excursions are minimal, a home filling unit may be the way to go. This oxygen system simply sits on top of your existing stationary concentrator and creates the ability to fill reusable cylinders an unlimited amount of times. This means you will never run out of your supply of oxygen and you’re able to execute your schedule as planned.
Are You Still Working?
If you still enjoy your career and spend multiple hours away from home several times a week, a POC will provide you the flexibility needed. A battery will last you two hours (at 2 LPM), plus you have the option for supplemental batteries to keep you going. And if you work entire 8-hour shifts, it is simple to plug your POC into an AC outlet.
Do You Require Continuous Flow?
Your physician may decide you are in need of continuous flow (as opposed to pulse-dose, which only delivers oxygen as you inhale). If so, discuss the choice of a continuous flow POC with your healthcare and oxygen provider.