How does one choose the best HOC for their individual needs?
With dozens of models to choose from, picking an appropriate product may seem like a daunting task. To make the decision easier, it is important to narrow the search by determining which features are most important to the oxygen user’s specific needs.
When picking out the right HOC, the most important factor to consider is how much oxygen will be required. Some of the higher capacity HOC models can output up to 10 LPM. If that flow rate of oxygen is not required, the smaller and less powerful model, producing anywhere from 1 to 5 LPM, may be the superior option.
Size and Portability
An additional HOC aspect to consider is size. Oxygen concentrators are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and weights. Some models are smaller and can fit into tight spaces without a problem, as would be required for a patient in a small apartment or assisted living scenario. Some colors and designs will blend in with the user’s room decor, making them less noticeable for the user who is self-conscious about their oxygen therapy. It is important to take an inventory of where the HOC will be used around the home. Consider where, in the home, the majority of time is spent. Take note of where the home’s electrical outlets are located. How much space is available for a HOC? If space is tight or limited, a smaller, more petite model will be more appropriate. If the available space is vast and open, a larger, more powerful option may be a better fit. If the plan is to use the HOC in multiple areas, purchasing a model that will fit in the tightest space in which it will be used is a good idea. Planning ahead and buying a HOC that fits the spatial needs will save the concern of future functionality issues. Users should purchase an oxygen concentrator that accommodates their lifestyle, rather than having to change their lifestyle to accommodate their HOC.
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