Has your doctor recommended supplemental oxygen therapy for you? If your physician thinks you will benefit from a portable oxygen concentrator, learning all you can about the device will help you make best use of it.
Many people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) find that portable oxygen solutions improve their lives because they're able to go places and enjoy activities that COPD may otherwise prevent. With a portable oxygen solution, like a concentrator, you can gain freedom from some of your breathing limitations and enjoy getting out to sightsee, take up hobbies and spend time with family and friends.
If you decide to use a portable oxygen concentrator, here are some tips:
- A portable oxygen concentrator holds a supply of oxygen in a small tank. Many devices come with a carrying case or travel cart so that you can take the device along with you more easily. A travel case is perfect for getting around in airports, going on a sightseeing trip or handling your daily errands.
- Portable oxygen concentrators are powered by batteries that can last up to five hours. An AC/DC power adapter allows you to plug in the device when you have an electrical outlet nearby.
- Ask your physician or oxygen supply company about a conserver for your portable oxygen device. This can lengthen the time you can use your portable oxygen device before it needs to be refilled.
- Keep your oxygen supplier’s phone number with you at all times in case you have any problems.
Portable oxygen concentrators can also help you travel to places you never thought you would be able to go. For tips and advice for traveling with oxygen, download this free guide today.