Oxygen concentrators are medical devices that provide you with extra oxygen if your health condition causes your oxygen levels to be too low. Your doctor may prescribe one for you.
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Before purchasing or using an oxygen concentrator, you need to get your doctor's approval. Using one without their guidance or prescription can be dangerous. If your doctor thinks that an oxygen concentrator may be appropriate for you, they will tell you how much oxygen you need and how long you should use the device.
An oxygen concentrator is different from an oxygen tank that delivers liquid or gaseous oxygen. Instead, it is a machine that filters out nitrogen from the air around you.
A thin tube extends from the device to your face, providing purified oxygen through two open tubes below your nostrils. Some people use a mask to get higher concentration and flow of oxygen.
There are two types of concentrators: a larger one you can use at home and a smaller, portable one you can use on the go.
To ensure your safety, as well as the safety of your loved ones, when using an oxygen concentrator:
Do not use any type of oxygen device near an open flame or while smoking.
Place the device in an open space. This makes it less likely to break or overheat.
Do not block any ventilation ports on the concentrator. This makes it harder for it to do its job.
If your device beeps or alarms, check the manual. This may mean there is a problem, and you need to make sure you are getting the right amount of oxygen.
Additionally, do not buy oxygen concentrators sold without a prescription. These are not FDA approved. Using an oxygen concentrator without a prescription or guidance from a doctor can lead to dangerous health problems, such as too little or too much oxygen causing lung damage. It can also delay your treatment for diseases like COVID-19.
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