Be Smart with Your Oxygen Concentrator
IT is a privilege to be able to breathe. This adage is certainly true for those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) whose lungs don’t receive the required amount of oxygen. Thanks to technologies that have provided oxygen concentrators, COPD patients can lead better lives. However, these technologies come at a price and require smart operation more than anything else.
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Here are a few tips on how to make the most of the machine:
Use a voltage stabilizer
Voltage fluctuation is a real problem in India and calls for a smart move from your side to avoid a short fuse. If the power comes back right after the cut, it may possibly damage the compressor. The simplest of solutions is installing a voltage stabilizer that takes care of the fluctuations and doesn’t let it affect the machine. Since it is an expensive machine, a stabilizer is highly recommended to avoid having to buy another oxygen compressor.
Watch the dust
The machine filters the ambient air to produce oxygen by filtering elements like nitrogen and dust. Just like vacuum cleaners, the filter is gradually filled up with dust particles depending on the environment. Logically, if the filter is choked, the quality of the oxygen will be affected accordingly. While the machine has sensors that notify the user if the filter needs changing, you must make it a point to check it anyway. The filter may be cleaned or changed as per the duration.
Dust is a part of the air and it cannot be eliminated altogether. However, you may take precautionary measures to reduce the dust in the room where it is used. It ought to be stored inside a cupboard while the room is being dusted.
Let it rest
Oxygen concentrators are heavy-duty machines and might be operated for as long as a full day. However, they heat up significantly and might stop working after 7-8 hours. After every 7-8 hours you must let it rest for up to 30 minutes. Post which the patient may use it again for another equally long spell. Alternatively, you can use a standby cylinder to give proper rest to the machine. Portable oxygen concentrators too should be given a break on the regular to avoid overheating.
Other basic precautionary measures
- The machine must be handled carefully to avoid any damage
- Ensure that there are no leaks in the oxygen tube, oxygen mask or the outlet
- Ensure that the machine is dry at all times. Do not let it come in contact with water
- Only clean drinking water must be used for humidification. The bottle that holds water must be cleaned every 2 days and the water must be changed simultaneously
- Ensure that rodents like mouse don’t find their way into the machine
These methods will help you maintain the machine for long periods and reduce maintenance or repair costs. Always keep a standby cylinder lest the machine stops working without a reason. To explore the range of oxygen masks and concentrators on the website, head here!