Oxygen & Supplies
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR?
WHAT IS A PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR?
A portable oxygen concentrator, commonly referred to as a POC, is a device that is used to increase the concentration of oxygen in the air for those people who need oxygen therapy, and the oxygen levels present in ambient air are not enough for them. In many ways, a portable oxygen concentrator is very similar to a home oxygen concentrator, referred to as an OC. However, the main advantage of a portable oxygen concentrator over a regular OC is that a POC is relatively small and is easier to carry around.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A POC?
There are many parts present in a portable oxygen concentrator which allow it to carry out its functions. The compressor and the sieve bed filter are the most basic components, as the compressor is responsible for compressing the air that is filtered into the concentrator. The sieve bed filter is responsible for removing the nitrogen from ambient air entering the device so that more oxygen can be added to it. In addition to this, a portable oxygen concentrator also has a cooling system, which prevents the machine from overheating as well as a nasal cannula which delivers oxygen after it has gone through all of the sieve bed filters.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SETTINGS OF A POC?
A portable oxygen concentrator has two main settings for delivering oxygen. The first is the pulse dose setting. In this mode, the air is delivered via the cannula to the patient when they inhale and is the ideal setting for daytime use. The second setting is the continuous flow setting, which delivers constant air flow through the tubes.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A POC?
The reason why a portable oxygen container is preferred to a traditional oxygen cylinder is that if a traditional cylinder leaks, there is an increase in the rate of combustion. A portable oxygen concentrator does not pose any such danger as they "make" their oxygen. In addition to this, a POC makes it easy for a patient to use their oxygen cylinder wherever they are. The USA, for example, even allows POCs to be brought on to aircraft with more than 19 seats, and even foreign airlines have to allow passengers to bring POCs on board for all flights to and from US soil.