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Portable Oxygen Helps With Respiratory Conditions

There are many people who suffer from respiratory conditions. This means that their lungs are in some way compromised. It’s harder for them to breathe. However, since the atmosphere is only 20% oxygen, it’s possible to help the respiratory system by offering up more oxygen than air alone provides. 

These additional forms of oxygen don’t need to be stationary. People don’t need to sit in a chair to get proper oxygenation. Additional oxygen can be portable and ensure that people get where they need to go, while breathing all the way there. There are different forms of portable oxygen that people can take advantage of. Picking between them can be difficult, but there’s a right choice for everyone. 

Oxygen Tanks

Oxygen tanks have been around for decades now. The concept behind an oxygen tank is pretty simple. The tank is filled with pure or nearly pure oxygen. Then each person uses it to breathe throughout the day. 

Oxygen tanks are fairly heavy however. To make them portable, it will usually require the use of a wheeled cart. While these have continued to get smaller and be made of lighter materials, they can still be fairly cumbersome. In addition, they can only release oxygen at a constant pace. 

Oxygen tanks also have some minor hazards associated with them. Obviously, they can run out. This means that they are only portable so long as they are in range of being refilled. Also, if an oxygen tank springs a leak, it can result in heavily oxygenated air. This is a fire risk, and bad fires have started due to some defective ones. 

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

The more modern and technological choice is a portable oxygen concentrator. These devices take in air, remove most of the nitrogen and provide the breathable oxygen directly to the person using them. It’s a very convenient system. The best part about portable oxygen concentrators is that they are battery operated and very portable. They can be brought along on a cart, but many are lightweight and can simply be worn. Battery life varies between 3 and 12 hours, but having a second battery as a backup makes sense. The batteries can be plugged in and charged at any outlet too. 

How to Choose Between Them

For most people, there are two main considerations that need to come into play. The first is the kind of lifestyle lived. For someone who likes to be on the go, visiting people and travelling around, then a portable oxygen concentrator makes a good deal of sense. They can take it anywhere, and only need to find an outlet every several hours. 

The other main consideration is going to be the price. The upfront price of a portable oxygen concentrator is not insignificant. They can run between $1500 and $4000 depending on the battery, options and the size of the unit. This can be a prohibitive expense to some people if it’s not completely covered by insurance. Choosing to get an oxygen tank will have much less of an upfront cost. However, oxygen tanks do require being refilled. This pure oxygen doesn’t come free, so that cost needs to be factored into decisions. Typically, a portable oxygen concentrator will cost more up front, and the oxygen tank can cost more in the long run. 


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