What is Oxygen Concentrator?

Category: Equipment

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An oxygen concentrator is a device used to provide oxygen therapy to a patient at substantially higher concentrations than those of ambient air, used as an alternative to tanks of compressed oxygen.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Low oxygen saturation while sleeping 49 17
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 39 7
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 25 10
Low blood oxygen levels (hypoxemia) 6 0
Shortness of breath with exertion 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 35

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxygen Concentrator

Side effect Patients Percentage
Air trapped in esophagus 1
Auditory hallucinations 1
Dry mouth 1
Dryness 1
Fatigue 1
Rhinitis (nasal inflammation) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Oxygen Concentrator

Dosage Patients Percentage
24 hr daily 4
2 mL daily 1
3 mL daily 1
3 other daily 1
12 hr daily 1
2other as needed 1
6mg as needed 1
7hours as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Oxygen Concentrator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 4
Doctor's advice 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently using Oxygen Concentrator

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped using Oxygen Concentrator

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 32
Usually 5
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 13
Not specified 20
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5 patient evaluations for Oxygen Concentrator

Sep 30, 2018 (Started Apr 14, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low oxygen saturation while sleeping)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for shortness of breath (dyspnea))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 other Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 28, 2011 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fainting)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I use the electric concentrator at home, I also have three large tanks for home use (if the power is out) and I have two sizes of smaller oxygen tanks for when I'm outside or on a short trip (like shopping or a meeting).
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 30, 2011 (Started May 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for hepatopulmonary syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 L Daily
Advice & Tips: I was prescribed the oxygen at night to create less stress on my heart and lungs, not necessarily to treat the hepato-pulmonary syndrome. I was advised by my doctor that there would be no noticable improvement in my breathing or respiratory function. 98% of the time, I would wake up to find that i had removed the oxygen at some point in the night and the cannula was either on the floor or wrapped around me somehow. I also found the air to be quite dry and mess with my sinuses (I'm already susceptible to infections and bloody noses, don't really need any more help with that thanks!). I decided that it wasn't worth the effort or money, nor the slight "downer" it was mentally to put that on every night as a 38 year old, but I'm a little stubborn that way. The concentrator may make it back into our house at some point.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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