Things to consider before buying a Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Before purchasing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator there are some things to consider, we have compiled a list of questions and answers to make the decision easier.
Do you need an oxygen prescription to buy a portable oxygen concentrator?
Yes, your doctor will prescribe based on your oxygen requirement. It is also recommended that you bring your POC to your doctor to determine the right setting and to ensure that the chosen POC is able to meet your oxygen requirement.
Are the settings and L/min comparable?
No. Each POC model is different. POC settings do not equate L/min. It is recommended that you try the POC you intended to purchase, and consult your physician to check if that POC is suitable to meet your oxygen requirements. Call and ask us about our 7-day free trial today.
Are they approved for airline travel?
Most POC's are approved for airline travel, it is recommended that you check with the supplier and or the airline before purchasing. For example:
Can the device be used at night?
Most people need a continuous flow setting at night. Talk to your doctor to see if a pulse dose setting is suitable for you to use at night.
How heavy is a POC?
POCs come in various weights and sizes, ranging from as low as 0.8kg for a small device,to 8.5kg for a large transportable device.As a rule of thumb, a smaller POC usually has a smaller oxygen capacity. When choosing a POC, it is important that it fits your lifestyle and oxygen needs. At Air Liquide Healthcare, we offer a wide range of POC from leading manufacturers, call us to discuss your options today!
How long will the battery last?
You can get anywhere from 2 to 4 hours of battery life from your POC from full charge. This however will depend on many factors such as pulse or continuous flow rate and the number of breaths you take per minute. It is recommended to check with the supplier before purchasing.
How long is the warranty?
Most POC’s will have a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty on the device and between 90 days to 1 year on parts. It is recommended to check with supplier before purchasing.