In addition to oxygen concentrators, CHC Solutions, Inc. can also provide portable oxygen for use while out of the home and in case of an emergency such as equipment or power failure. Call us at 1.800.220.5262 to learn more.
Oxygen concentrators take air from the room and separate out all other gases from the oxygen. According to the FDA, these devices may be needed for those with low levels of oxygen in their blood. This oxygen circulates through the cells in the body and keeps us healthy.
Respiratory therapist with CHC Solutions, Anthony Barone, detailed important elements to note when cleaning, maintaining and using the oxygen concentrator.
Oxygen Concentrator Instructions
Cleaning the Filters
Always read the directions to learn how to clean the product as they may vary by manufacturer. The Invacare oxygen concentrator has a filter that needs to be cleaned at least once a week. If you notice clogging, you may need to clean it more often.
It is also important to remember that the oxygen concentrator cannot be in the presence of an open flame. Maintain at least a 10-foot perimeter or stay in a separate room while on oxygen to prevent the risk of fires.
At CHC Solutions, we have tubing and supplies for our oxygen customers, including nasal cannula (available in adult, pediatric, infant and neonatal sizes) as well as extension tubing and oxygen tubing connectors.
The nasal cannula should be changed at least once a month. Do not change it more than once every two weeks. The extension tubing needs to be changed at least every 3 months.
Using the Oxygen Concentrator
In addition, you should plug the concentrator directly into an outlet that is grounded. Maintain a safe distance around the concentrator to allow for free airflow. Be sure to check the concentrator’s flow meter. Set the meter at the amount of oxygen the doctor ordered.
There are 3 lights on the front of the oxygen concentrator:
- Green means that the concentrator is good to use.
- Yellow means the concentrator needs several checks. Ensure that the oxygen is set to the correct amount, the oxygen tubing is not kinked, the filter is clean and the unit is plugged directly into a grounded outlet.
- Red means to check everything that you would with the yellow light. However, this time turn the concentrator off and let it cool for about 30 minutes. During this time, use the portable oxygen and call if the problem is not resolved.
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