Top 4 Things to Ask When Shopping for an Oxygen Portable Concentrator
An Oxygen Portable Concentrator (OPC) is an important piece of equipment when working through Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma or other ailments requiring treatment using oxygen. The variety is staggering and selecting the right equipment can be a daunting task. Your doctor will guide you in the right direction. Here are the top 4 things you can ask:
- Dosage: This will define the size of your concentrator and how it impacts your life. Make sure you understand the dosage you have to take and that the models you’re looking at can accommodate the correct amount.
- Mobility: Directly related to dosage is mobility. In other words: can I carry this unit around and go about my daily life fairly normally? Smaller models are built mainly for prescriptions requiring less than 3 LPM. So if this is your case, you might just be in luck.
- Comfort: Oxygen concentrators aren’t the type of devices you’ll see at a spa retreat. They can be bulky, noisy, and overall not fun to look at. But more importantly, they can make you feel dry and physically uncomfortable. Make sure the model you purchase can support powerful filters and humidifiers as well, making your dosage easier to consume. A must-have, according to many patients.
- Price: You’re looking at a minimum of $900 for a decent, small portable unit, up to $4000 for more advanced and stationary ones. Needless to say, asking your doctor for recommendations is the first step, but right after this is doing your research online to compare prices, as most vendors post theirs on their site.