Types of Oxygen Concentrators
There are two main types of oxygen concentrators: stationary and portable.
Stationary Oxygen Concentrators: These are larger, heavier machines that are designed for use in a fixed location, such as a home or hospital. They typically have a higher flow rate, delivering a higher concentration of oxygen, and can operate continuously for long periods of time.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators: These are smaller, lighter machines that are designed for mobility and can be easily transported. They usually run on batteries and can be recharged, making them suitable for use outside the home. Portable oxygen concentrators typically have a lower flow rate and may not be suitable for patients with severe oxygen requirements, but they offer greater mobility and independence.
Additionally, there are continuous flow and pulse flow oxygen concentrators. Continuous flow oxygen concentrators deliver a constant flow of oxygen, while pulse flow oxygen concentrators deliver oxygen in short bursts when the patient inhales. Pulse flow oxygen concentrators are more portable and energy-efficient, but they may not be suitable for all patients.