A portable oxygen concentrators continuous flow can help individuals with breathing issues and low oxygen levels in their blood cells. The device delivers oxygen to the patient through a nasal cannula, which is inserted into their nostrils and can be adjusted to provide continuous or on-demand oxygen flow.
Oxygen Flow Rates (LPM)
The amount of oxygen a portable concentrator can deliver is often described in liters per minute, which is an amount that represents the total amount of oxygen inhaled over a period of 1 minute. The patient’s doctor will prescribe the exact amount of oxygen they need, and the portable concentrator will then work to deliver that amount of oxygen in the form of a steady stream.
Battery Life: If you need to leave the house to run errands, or you’re planning on going on an overnight trip, you’ll want a portable oxygen concentrator that has good battery life. Most models will only last for two hours or less on a pulse dose setting of five, and many will drain their batteries at even higher flow settings without a power source.
Weight: A portable concentrator is a heavy machine, and many patients find it too hard to move around with a concentrator that weighs 15 pounds or more. Depending on the model, you may be able to carry it on your shoulder or pack it in a backpack, but you can also choose to use a cart that’s pulled behind you.