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Bi-Level - Bi-Level system makes breathing easier and more natural for adult patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) who are having difficulty complying with continuous positive airway pressure therapy.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea - a disorder that causes a person's airway to close several times during one night's sleep. For those with sleep apnea, relief usually comes with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices deliver a prescribed level of positive pressure non-invasively to the upper airway for the treatment of sleep apnea. Extremely easy to use, CPAPs come with different features such as ramping to allow comfortable adjustment to the pressure; software to capture specific usage and breathing events; and automated altitude adjustment. Accessories, such as nasal interface applications and humidification devices are provided to afford maximum comfort to ensure patient compliance.

Liquid oxygen systems - consist of a large main tank and one or two portable units. The portable units are used as needed for travel outside of the home. When they are empty, they can be refilled from the large tank. Portable units can be carried with a shoulder strap or cart. Liquid oxygen will evaporate if not used frequently. Therefore the portable units should be filled just prior to use.

Cylinders - are available in various sizes. Carrying cases or carts are used for the different size tanks.

M2 - Weighs less than 2 pounds and only 7.9 inches in length, this extremely lightweight, compact medical oxygen cylinder is the perfect solution for anyone who needs a convenient, easily transportable medical oxygen supply for a short amount of time. This cylinder is the smallest aluminum oxygen cylinder in the world yet can supply up to 2 hours of oxygen.
M4 - medical oxygen cylinder is a great solution for anyone who needs a convenient, easily transportable medical oxygen supply for a short amount of time. This cylinder weighs under 3 pounds and is only 12 inches in length. This cylinder can supply up to 7 hours of oxygen.
M6 – extremely popular medical oxygen cylinder is the perfect balance between portability and oxygen supply duration. The M6 cylinder is less than 15 inches in length and weighs only 3 pounds and can supply up to 10 hours of oxygen.
ML6 - Similar to the M6 cylinder, the ML6 is a great balance between portability and oxygen supply duration. This cylinder weighs under 4 pounds and is shorter and wider than the M6 cylinder. This cylinder can provide up to 10 hours of oxygen.
M9 – a popular cylinder is a great balance between portability and oxygen supply duration. The M9 is less than 16 inches in length and weighs only 4.5 pounds yet can supply up to 14 hours of oxygen.

Portable E Tanks - Portable smaller units called E tanks are used for transport. A key is required to turn the tank on and off. The portable tanks must be replaced when empty. Therefore, the family must plan ahead for trips outside of the home. Portable E tanks may be used for backup in case of power failure.

Helios Portable Oxygen Systems and Reservoirs - small, lightweight, and long-lasting, encourages an active lifestyle for long-term oxygen therapy patients. No tubes, heavy canisters or batteries are required. The system is also extremely economical. Its pneumatic oxygen conserving device gives it a conservation ratio over continuous flow oxygen of approximately 4:1. This provides up to 10 hours of use at a setting of 2. The portable unit can be refilled in about 40 seconds from the home reservoir, which typically lasts four to six weeks between refills.

Nebulizer - is a type of inhaler that provides a fine mist of medication to the lungs. This is performed by breathing the medicated mist through a mouthpiece or mask attached to the nebulizer device, which is driven via a plastic tubing, attached to the compressor unit. The medications used in nebulizers help you by loosening the mucus in the lungs so it can be coughed out more easily, and by relaxing the airways so that more air can move in and out of the lungs. Nebulizer treatments take approximately 15 minutes to deliver the medication and are prescribed by your physician.

Pediatric Nebulizer - A special breathing device usually used 3 or 4 times daily as needed; or as directed by your doctor. It works in the lungs by opening breathing passages to make breathing easier. This device is intended for use in children but may also be used for adults requiring smaller doses.

Oxygen Concentrators - electronically powered device with a series of filters that extract oxygen from room air. Also, a backup system, usually a stationary compressed gas system must always accompany a concentrator in case of power failure or other emergency. Regular household current is sufficient for its use. In limited cases, a humidifier bottle may be necessary to increase moisture to the oxygen as it passes through the tubing to the mask or cannula.
Common Diagnoses:
        - Chronic Obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD)
        - Emphysema
        - Asthma
        - Chronic Bronchitis
        - Lung Cancer
        - Acute Myocardial Infarction
        - Acute Pulmonary Heart Disease
        - Congestive Heart Failure
        - Viral Pneumonia
        - Bacterial Pneumonia
        - Bronchlectasis

Oxygen Conservers - are types of regulators, which conserve the amount of gaseous oxygen in portable cylinders. Oximetry testing is required to ensure proper oxygen saturation during use of a conserver.

Portable Oxygen Systems - incorporate either the electronic conserving device, the pneumatic conserving device, or standard flow regulators. These systems provide individuals with a convenient, lightweight supply of oxygen. Systems are available with one or multiple M4, M6, M9, MD, or ME cylinders, fiber-wrapped cylinders, shoulder, horizontal, backpack, or fanny pack style carrying bags, cart, regulator, cannula, and supply tubing. All systems are also available with a straight post valve, handtight or a toggle CGA870 valve.

Ventilators - An automatic mechanical/pneumatic device designed to reduce or provide the work required to move gas into and out of the lungs.




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Keywords: Did you know that each year hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Many of these individuals and others who suffer from various lung diseases will be required to receive oxygen therapy. Numerous studies have determined that adults with chronic lung disorders who receive oxygen therapy not only live longer, they also have an improved quality of life. Lack of adequate oxygen, often referred to as oxygen deficiency, can lead to a number of serious health problems. Untreated oxygen deficiency can reduce lung function to the extent that long-term oxygen therapy is required to continue normal bodily function. Oxygen deficiency has been linked to every major illness category including heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer. All heart attacks are brought about by the failure of the heart muscle's inability to receive adequate supplies of oxygen. Inadequate oxygen levels in the body weakens the immune system which can lead to viral infections, damaged cells, inflamed joints and circulatory problems. Warning Signs of Possible Oxygen Deficiency: * Shortness of breath * Fatigue * Dizziness * Depression * Memory loss * Circulation problems * Irritability * Irrational behavior * Poor digestion * Muscle aches and pains If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you should see your physician immediately. A doctor's prescription is required to receive oxygen therapy. If oxygen therapy is prescribed, you will discover a number of substantial health benefits. Besides reducing the amount of strain on the heart that can lead to heart failure, receiving oxygen allows the bodies other major organs to function properly. Oxygen therapy reduces sleep disruption caused by inadequate oxygen, increasing energy levels and giving you an overall feeling of well being. Additional Oxygen Therapy Benefits: * Provides headache relief * Increases mental clarity * Decreases shortness of breath * Allows for increased physical activity * Relieves nausea There are 3 methods for receiving oxygen therapy: compressed oxygen cylinders, liquid oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators. Many oxygen therapy patients are discovering that today's vastly improved portable oxygen concentrators are the way to go. Not only do portable oxygen concentrators provide increased mobility, they are also energy efficient and easy to maintain. There is no refilling or deliveries to schedule with oxygen concentrators. If your doctor has prescribed oxygen therapy, let innovative portable oxygen concentrators like the SeQual Eclipse and Inogen One allow you to lead a full and active life.
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