All about Oxygen Concentrators

What is an oxygen concentrator?

How does an oxygen concentrator work?

What is the difference between an oxygen cylinder and an oxygen concentrator?

Like oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders (or oxygen tanks) are also meant to provide supplemental oxygen to patients. However, they are different in many ways:

Oxygen Concentrators

Oxygen Cylinders

How does it work?

Captures and filters oxygen from the surrounding air.

Stores a fixed amount of pressurized oxygen. This is then gradually used until the tank runs out.

How is the oxygen delivered?

Using a nasal tube or a mask

Using a nasal tube or a mask

Does it need to be re-filled or replaced?

No, they don’t need to be replaced or re-filled.

Yes, they need to be replaced or re-filled once the store of oxygen is empty.

Are they portable?

They are portable.

Portable versions are easily available.

The main benefit of an oxygen concentrator is that they don’t need to be replaced, filled, or re-filled, unlike oxygen tanks, though they do need a continuous power supply.

When should you use an oxygen concentrator?

How are oxygen concentrators helpful in fighting COVID-19?

Are there any risks with using an oxygen concentrator?

What are the steps for using an oxygen concentrator?

What to keep in mind before buying or renting an oxygen concentrator?