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Buying Your First Portable Oxygen Concentrator? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Posted by Jeff Dewberry on 23rd Nov 2021

If you have been diagnosed with a condition like COPD or respiratory disease, your doctor may have prescribed oxygen therapy. This can be a wonderful support to improve your quality of life and allow you to enjoy daily activities. Having oxygen on hand can open up your world in many ways and alleviate some of your symptoms.

Once you know you are ready to start shopping for your first oxygen concentrator, it can be confusing knowing where to start and what to look for. After all, there are many ways to buy oxygen concentrators online, and there are often dozens of different models to choose from. You will likely want a portable oxygen concentrator, as opposed to the old method of using bulky oxygen tanks. But where should you begin when looking for your first oxygen concentrator?

The first thing to do is find a reputable retailer for your oxygen unit. Don’t look just anywhere, but make sure you find a shop or online store that offers warranties, great customer service, special package prices, and more. Customer care associates can be incredibly helpful in deciding which model may serve your needs best. If you have Medicare or other insurance, make sure you know what is covered by your plan before you begin shopping.

Once you know your insurance coverage and have searched some good retailers, it’s time to narrow down the model features. This will likely depend on both your lifestyle and your individual oxygen needs. The stage of your disease and the severity of your symptoms will determine how much oxygen you’ll need throughout the day and whether you’ll need it at night as well. This is something you can talk to your doctor about.

Most portable oxygen concentrators come with a variety of oxygen outputs that you can change with the touch of a button. Your doctor may suggest either a pulse dose or a continuous flow model. Beyond that, you get to decide the size and weight of your concentrator, your carrying accessories, and more!

All of us here at Portable Oxygen Solutions are here to assist you in choosing your first oxygen concentrator, so reach out to us today!

Please Call 1-800-958-0192 to speak to one of our friendly oxygen specialists.