Is medical oxygen pure oxygen?
Ambient air consists of many gasses, but of that mix, only 19% of it is oxygen. Concentrated Oxygen refers to oxygen which is a minimum of 90% pure with moisture removed to a -100 deg F dew-point. It can be produced from an oxygen concentrator or delivered in a pressurized cylinder bottle.
Compressing air, while the cooling mechanism keeps the concentrator from overheating. Removing nitrogen from the air via filter and sieve beds. Adjusting delivery settings with an electronic interface. Delivering the purified oxygen via a nasal cannula or mask.
- A physician's prescription is mandatory. It is federally illegal for anyone to sell or rent medical grade oxygen without a valid, signed prescription. However, very often, the portable oxygen concentrator's supplier can contact the physician on the patient's behalf and complete the required paperwork.
- These are some of the side effects of oxygen therapy:
- Bloody nose or skin irritation where oxygen is administered.
- Morning headaches.
- Side effects of transtracheal oxygen therapy, including infection, tube slipping, injury to the windpipe and mucus balls blocking the tube.
- Oxygen does not burn. It is not flammable, but it is an oxidizer. Oxygen feeds a fire, so it's dangerous to use around something that is burning, because it will burn much more quickly. Patients on oxygen therapy who are smokers are not going to burst into flame or explode if they smoke.
Consistency – Whereas oxygen tanks can run out of oxygen, an oxygen concentrator will never run out of oxygen as long as it has air available and a supply of power. An oxygen concentrator extracts oxygen from the air itself, making the supply unlimited and readily available.
- Oxygen can be produced from a number of materials, using several different methods. The most common natural method is photo-synthesis, in which plants use sunlight convert carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen. This offsets the respiration process, in which animals convert oxygen in the air back into carbon dioxide.
- An oxygen concentrator is a device which concentrates the oxygen from a gas supply (typically ambient air) to supply an oxygen-enriched gas stream.
- Portable oxygen concentrator (POC) is a portable device used to provide oxygen therapy to people that require greater oxygen concentrations than the levels of ambient air. It is similar to a home oxygen concentrator (OC), but is smaller in size and more mobile.
The compressor compresses air that is filtered into the concentrator, then delivers the air in a continuous stream. The compressed air moves to the sieve bed filters. The sieve bed filter plays an important role, as it is the device that removes the nitrogen from the air.
- If you are only using your cannula and tubing a few hours a day, it is recommended that you change your tubing and cannula, every 3-6 months. If you use your concentrator more than a few hours a day, it is recommended to change your cannula on a monthly basis and your tubing, at least, every 2-6 months.
- Oxygen therapy is prescribed for people who can't get enough oxygen on their own. This is often because of lung conditions that prevents the lungs from absorbing oxygen, including: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- When you are finished using your oxygen, turn off your cylinder system by following the steps below: Step 1: Remove the nasal cannula or oxygen mask. Step 2: Turn the cylinder valve clockwise until it is tight.This stops the flow of oxygen from the cylinder. The needle on the pressure gauge will drop to zero.
Updated: 2nd November 2019