FAQS of Oxygen Therapy
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Selecting an oxygen therapy device is based on your prescription from the doctor. Devices range in size and weight based on the amount of oxygen they deliver to you. CAIRE’s smallest portable oxygen concentrators deliver pulse flow only. If continuous flow or higher pulse flow settings are required larger units must be employed to deliver oxygen to you. Regardless of your prescription, CAIRE offers the full continuum of care for your oxygen therapy.
Pulse flow delivers oxygen intermittently when the user inhales through their nose. The oxygen device senses inhalation and delivers a bolus (a puff of oxygen) with each breath. Pulse flow is generally used for portability exclusively because it conserves oxygen to extend battery life and/or activity time. All CAIRE portable oxygen concentrators provide pulse flow settings. This includes the Focus, FreeStyle, FreeStyle 5, Eclipse 5.
Continuous flow delivers oxygen continuously to the patient dosed and prescribed in liters per minute (LPM) by your doctor. It is typically used for at home and during sleep at a minimum. It is also used for portability for patients in disease states that will not allow them to tolerate pulse flow. CAIRE’s Companion 5 stationary oxygen concentrator offers continuous flow settings for at home use. The Eclipse 5 portable oxygen concentrator offers continuous flow options for portability.
Pulse flow must be prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor or respiratory therapist can perform tests to establish if pulse flow is sufficient to maintain your oxygen during activity.
CAIRE oxygen therapy products may be covered by insurance providers with a prescription. Contact your local medical equipment provider or physician to determine if you are eligible to receive one of our products through your insurance.
CAIRE oxygen therapy products may be covered through Medicare part B with a prescription. Contact your local medical equipment provider or physician to determine if you are eligible to receive one of our products through your insurance.
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Yes. Oxygen is considered a prescription drug and a prescription from your doctor must be presented to receive an oxygen therapy device. Your prescription generally will specify your flow rates for continuous or pulse flow use.
Yes. All CAIRE portable oxygen concentrators are FAA Approved which means you can carry on a commercial flight. Read our Travel Info Kit where you will find tips for traveling by air.
Yes. All CAIRE portable oxygen concentrators are functional in your car and can be charged or operated on motor vehicle (DC) power.
A portable oxygen concentrator offers patients more freedom and time away from home. Oxygen cylinders have a limited supply of oxygen and require the patient to carry multiple tanks or limit their time away from home based on their supply of oxygen. With a POC you never have to worry about running out of oxygen because they run and recharge on both wall outlet (AC) and motor vehicle (DC) power. Oxygen concentrators also allow you to maximize travel because they are FAA approved which allows you to carry it on a plane, and can be used in the car during road trips. There are no limits on your lifestyle with a POC.
CAIRE Inc., a Chart Industries Company, is the recognized global brand in oxygen therapy. Our cutting edge technology provides products that are not only easy to use, but provide unlimited ambulation and freedom for our users. All while ensuring that the oxygen you need is always delivered.
CAIRE even manufactures products for the military including the SeQual SAROS which is essential in transporting injured soldiers to the medical care they need.
A stationary oxygen concentrator is designed to be your at home oxygen therapy device. Using tubing extensions attached to your nasal cannula, mask or other oxygen delivery accessory, you are able to move about doing regular activities. Stationary oxygen concentrators are also used at night for sleep. Stationary oxygen concentrators are larger in size (typically 30 pounds or more) and provide only continuous flow. Click this link to learn more about the CAIRE Companion 5.
A portable oxygen concentrator is designed to help you take your oxygen anywhere. This device is wearable – on a belt or from a shoulder strap – or is transportable on a wheeled cart for easy navigation.
CAIRE’s wearable portable oxygen concentrators featuring pulse dose settings include the AirSep Focus and the FreeStyle Comfort.
CAIRE’s portable oxygen concentrators offering both pulse doses and continuous flow settings include the SeQual Eclipse 5 and the SeQual eQuinox. Both of these units are convenient for everyday use and offer the user an all-in-one device which can be used as a portable and stationary oxygen concentrator depending upon your individual needs.
No. Do not smoke or allow anyone to smoke around you when your concentrator is operating. Also, do not allow candles, or open flames in the same room with the device or oxygen-carrying accessories.
Portable and stationary oxygen concentrators require little to no maintenance. Some units include a gross particle filter that adds additional filtration to the air that enters the concentrator. If your device is equipped with this, it is recommended to clean it once weekly. This only requires running it under soapy water and can be done in a matter of minutes.
Each portable oxygen concentrator offers different battery life options. Your battery length will depend upon your prescription setting and the device you use. The Eclipse 5 can last for up to 2.0 hours at 2.0 LPM continuous flow, and the FreeStyle can last up to 3.5 hours at pulse setting 2.
Consult with your doctor about any respiratory issues you may be experiencing. Your doctor will run tests to determine if oxygen therapy is right for you.
Your doctor will specify how much oxygen you should receive during the day and while you are sleeping.
Yes. All CAIRE portable oxygen concentrators can be operated with motor vehicle (DC) power. You also can recharge your battery while using CAIRE concentrators in the car.
The tubing and cannula are disposable and should be replaced at regular intervals to ensure cleanliness.
All CAIRE concentrators have both visual and audible alarm systems to alert you if there is an issue with the device, or when the battery needs recharging. As long as no alarms are active, your device is functioning properly. Consult your individual product manual for specific alarm conditions.