While you can store an oxygen concentrator anywhere inside the house while not in use, there are some steps you need to follow when operating the device.
Step 1: Set up the oxygen concentrator in an open area, at least 1-2 feet away from any walls or furniture so that the air vents are not blocked, and reduce the chances of overheating.
Step 2: If prescribed, connect the humidification bottle to the outlet on your oxygen concentrator and securely attach it to the machine. (Remember to always use distilled or filtered water in the humidification bottle.)
Step 3: Next, you will need to attach the oxygen tubing to either a port on the humidification bottle or to a special adapter.
Step 4: Check if you need to remove or change the machine’s air inlet filter for cleaning. If you remove it, make sure it is in place before you turn on your machine. (Note: the air inlet filter removes particles and allergens from the air and needs to be cleaned and thoroughly dried once a week.)
Step 5: Make sure the oxygen concentrator is the only item plugged in the socket (that means you shouldn’t use an extension cord) as it can draw a lot of power and become a fire risk.
Step 6: Start the oxygen concentrator at least 15-20 minutes before you plan to start using it so that it can start producing the correct concentration of air.
Step 7: Once the machine is on, check the light indicators to see if it’s working properly. You should also be able to hear the air being processed quite loudly.
Step 8: Set the litre control knob or switch on your oxygen concentrator to the prescribed litres per minute (LPM). Your doctor should be able to tell you how much oxygen you need, such as 1, 2, 3, or more LPM. If you feel like you’re not getting enough oxygen, consult your doctor. DO NOT adjust the setting on your own.
Step 9: Check the tubing for any bends or kinks, as these can cause interruptions or insufficient supply.
Step 10: Ensure your mask or tube is in working order, and put them on as follows:
- If you are using a mask: Make sure there are no gaps around the edges, then place it over your mouth and nose, securing the band behind your head or around your ears.
- If you are using nasal tubes: Adjust the nasal tubes upward into your nostrils and loop the tubes over your ears. You can use the tube adjuster to adjust the tubes under your chin.