Simply GO! A New Way to Travel While on Oxygen

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Portable Oxygen Concentrators allow the person needing supplemental oxygen the freedom to be who they want to be and go where they want to go.

SIMPLY GO! That’s the motto of oxygen patients today with the advent of portable oxygen concentrators. In the past being prescribed oxygen was a sentence to remaining in your home teetered to a stationary oxygen concentrator. Today that same oxygen patient can see the world and not miss a breath.

As people became more mobile, it became apparent that a better way was needed to provide portable oxygen other than through a tank system. To answer that need manufacturers developed Portable Oxygen Concentrators or POC. Today, you can find Portable Oxygen Concentrators manufactured by Phillips Respironics, SeQual, Inogen, Devilbiss, O2 Concepts and Invacare. With the development of the Portable Oxygen Concentrator, you are no longer tied to your tanks; simply plug in your Portable Concentrator and you are free to go where you want. Most portable oxygen concentrators have been approved by the FAA for use on commercial aircraft.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators usually can be plugged into a vehicle’s DC adapter, a AC outlet and will run on battery power. They will also work on dual voltage meaning that anywhere in the world you travel your portable oxygen concentrator will work. The battery life is dependent on whether you have a Phillips Respironics, SeQual, Inogen, Devilbiss or Invacare Portable Oxygen Concentrator and if it is dispensing oxygen by pulse dose or continuous flow.

Additionally the size and weight of a Portable Oxygen System will depend on the manufacturer.
This past week Philips Respironics, the manufacturer of the world renowned EverGo portable oxygen concentrator released their new portable concentrator. The Philips Respironics SimplyGo is the first continuous flow and pulse does system that is small enough to carry over your shoulder. Weighing only 10 pounds the SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator will provide 2 LPM continuous flow or up to a pulse setting of 6. Prior to the introduction of the Respironics SimplyGO the smallest portable oxygen concentrator weighed approximately 18 pounds and attached to a wheeled cart for mobility.

When deciding on which Portable Oxygen Concentrator is best for you, the first question you need to answer is whether you require a pulse dose or continuous flow system. This is something you need to discuss with your physician. Generally, the difference is:

  •     Pulse Dose Oxygen System - delivers oxygen intermittently when you breathe. A volume (or bolus) of oxygen is delivered as you inhale in milliliters per breath.
  •     Continuous Flow Oxygen System – provides oxygen continuously in liters per minute (LPM) regardless of the breath you take. Most POC systems will produce 3 LPM of continuous flow with the exception of the small light weight Respironics SimplyGo which provides 2 LPM in continuous mode.

There are positives and negatives to each type of Portable Oxygen System available which is why it is best to discuss your particular needs with your physician. Sleep Restfully provides a Portable Oxygen Concentrator Comparison Chart on their website to let you see a side by side comparison of the Portable Oxygen Devices Sleep Restfully has available.

Sleep Restfully, Inc. prides itself on the high quality customer service it provides to Oxygen customers. Their slogan, “We may not be able to match everyone’s price but no one can match our service” is exemplified by their Better Business rating of “A”. Sleep Restfully offers the best prices and support for portable oxygen concentrators such as the Respironics SimplyGo, Respironics EverGo, Sequal Eclipse 3, Inogen G2, Invacare XPO2 and many more. They also stock stationary oxygen concentrators such as the Philips Respironics EverFlo and Invacare Perfecto. Sleep Restfully, Inc. has been chosen as an Authorized Internet Provider for the new Philips Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator.

In addition, Sleep Restfully stocks all replacement parts for portable oxygen concentrators, CPAP machines and CPAP.

Sleep Restfully can be contacted on their toll free number (866) 923-2727, or by visiting our website http://www.sleeprestfully.com.

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Charles Goldberg