Many of you might be wondering what an oxygen concentrator might be because someone you may know or yourself might be in use for one. If you happen to have a low level of oxygen in your blood an oxygen might be an ideal choice for you. An oxygen concentrator works in similar ways as a window air conditioner: takes air and modifies it to a concentrated form, so people with lower oxygen levels can easily filter in and out oxygen. Oxygen concentrators allow people to easily undergo oxygen therapy.
A more complex explanation of how it works would be: The oxygen concentrator first takes in the air from its surroundings, then proceeds to compress the air while simultaneously the cooling mechanism keeps the device from overheating. The next step is to go on to removing nitrogen from the air since 78% of the air we breathe contains nitrogen and it only makes sense to lower these levels for individuals with conditions that cause them to be unable to filter oxygen properly. Using the filter and sleeve beds you can breathe up 95% oxygen, which is a huge jump from our regular 21%. The Oxygen Concentrator then allows you to breathe the highly concentrated oxygen through a nasal cannula. Keep in mind that in order to produce large volumes of oxygen; you will need to acquire the continuous flow units. The models must have very large compresses and very large sieve beds in order to absorb as much oxygen as possible. Respironic’s everflo oxygen concentrator is an example of a unit that does this very well.
In this case, the device must have larger batteries to properly power the unit. The pulse flow oxygen concentrators are not typically used by patients as these machines are not designed to be able to detect when they’re are sleeping. Other than that the pulse flows functions in more or less the same way as the continuous flow units just that they are easier to carry around as they are smaller. Imagine having to carry around an oxygen tank all the time. The continuous flow units are measured by liters per minute this type of measurement is not applicable to the pulse units because they do not produce the oxygen at a constant rate.