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7 tips for maintaining Oxygen concentrators Safety

What is an Oxygen Concentrator?

An oxygen concentrator takes in air and separates the oxygen and delivers it into a person via a nasal cannula. Air is 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen and a concentrator that works by plugging into a source of electricity delivers air that is upto 95% oxygen.

It’s still important to consider the following guidance when it comes to portable oxygen concentrator safety.

  1. Maintaining a safe distance from open flames

            Always maintain at least two to three meters distance between a fire and your portable oxygen concentrator and accessories. This includes gas stove tops,candles, or from anything that could cause a spark. Avoid using anything flammable near the oxygen, including  petrol,cleaning fluid, and aerosol cans or sprays such as fresheners orhairspray.

  1. Use precaution while showering or bathing 

             It’s pivotal that the portable oxygen concentrator does not get wet or be exposed to moist air. However, in critical situations it might be required that you may have to  take a shower or bath while using your unit. A bathroom exhaust fan, extended tubing leading to your cannula and a detachable showerhead will all make this experience easier – and safer – for you.

  1. Maintain safe distance from water pools & other water bodies
    As mentioned before it is pivotal that the portable oxygen does not get wet or is exposed to the moist air. If your portable oxygen concentrator gets wet, you must turn off the unit and unplug it immediately.Do not allow alcoholic solutions, oil or grease to come into contact with oxygen supply devices. This includes petroleum jelly.
  2. Properly store your portable oxygen concentrators while you are travelling.
    Your oxygen concentrator may be mobile in nature. But, whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, you must ensure your unit is securely stored. This will help you avoid injuring yourself or passengers, as well as prevent damage to the machine. Dropping a portable oxygen concentrator – or allowing it to fall off of a seat or overhead carrying cabinet – can void your warranty.Store oxygen cylinders in an upright secure position in a well-ventilated area away from any open flame, heat source or direct sunlight. Do not cover with cloth or plastic.
  1. The correct pressure is necessary :Use the correct pressure gauge and regulator.When a cylinder is almost empty, close the valve and mark the cylinder as empty. Do not store full and empty cylinders together.

Home oxygen therapy is considered a medicine. If you are using home oxygen it is important that you follow your doctor’s oxygen prescription, which explains when you should use oxygen and the flow rate you should use.

(Source:MyDr, Precision Medical)

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