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 40 12
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 21 3
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 17 5
Hypoxemia 3 2
Doctor recommendation 2 0

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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
Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
1
None
24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxygen Concentrator

Side effect Patients
Air trapped in esophagus 1
Dry mouth 1
Rhinitis (nasal inflammation) 1
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Oxygen Concentrator

Dosage Patients
2 L daily 4
2 other daily 3
1 other daily 2
2 mL daily 2
8 hr daily 2
12 hr daily 2
1 L daily 1
3 other daily 1
3.5 mL daily 1
4 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Oxygen Concentrator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently using Oxygen Concentrator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 4

Stopped using Oxygen Concentrator

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 8
Not specified 13
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3 patient evaluations for Oxygen Concentrator

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

Oct 21, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low oxygen saturation while sleeping)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 L Daily
Advice & Tips: It is somewhate difficult getting used to sleeping with the tubing around your face.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 30, 2009 (Started Dec 06, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 L Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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