Oxygen Concentrators and Supplies
Independently Yours Medical Supplies is the one stop shop for all of your Oxygen Concentrator and Respiratory Supply needs. Independently Yours has medical supply stores located in Parker, Louisville, and Littleton, Colorado that carry industry leading portable oxygen concentrators, in-home continuous flow oxygen concentrators, oxygen tubing, cannulas, adapters, masks, carrying cases and more. Oxygen Concentrators whether they be portable or stationary (in-home units) use the surrounding atmosphere to create oxygen-rich air by pulling surrounding air into the oxygen machine, compressing it, purifying it and removing nitrogen and other impurities. The purified, oxygen-rich air is then delivered to the patient. One of the many benefits of using an oxygen concentrator compared to the old oxygen tanks and cylinders is that they do not need to be refilled. Since oxygen concentrators use the outside air and atmosphere, there is a continuous supply to filter and produce oxygen rich air to the user. No longer do you have to carry 10 lb tanks, worry about running out of air or scheduling delivery times for oxygen cylinder refills and replacement. Regain your freedom, mobility and independence with the use of an oxygen concentrator.
Independently Yours Medical Supply is a proud retailer of Inogen Oxygen Concentrators. Inogen is one of the top innovators in oxygen concentrator technology, boasting quiet, lightweight and energy efficient machines. All three of Independently Yours medical supply store locations carry the full selection of Inogen Oxygen Concentrators including the poratable oxygen concentrators, stationary home units and all additional replacement batteries.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Portable Oxygen Concentrators such as the Inogen One G series provides pure, quality oxygen at a Pulse Dose rate. The pulse dose system provides oxygen only when demanded (in-haled through the nose), enabling usage and batteries to last longer. The Inogen G4 portable oxygen concentrator is the lightest portable oxygen concentrator on the market, weighing only 2.5 lbs, enabling you to carry it over your shoulder or clipped to your belt. The Inogen G5 is one of the newest and strongest portable oxygen concentrators providing up to 8 hours on a single (8 cell) battery, and pulse settings of 1-6. Inogen portable oxygen concentrators operate on Lithium-Ion batterys and are FAA approved for use while on airplanes. Extended batteries are available for all models of the Inogen portable oxygen concentrators.
Portable oxygen concentrators are used instead of oxygen tanks or cylinders. POC’s when charged or powered always have the ability to produce and provide oxygen, unlike oxygen tanks or cylinders that need to be refilled or replaced frequently.
In-Home Continuous Flow Oxygen Concentrators
In-home oxygen concentrators, also referred to as stationary concentrators, provide continuous flow oxygen measured in Liters per Minute. In-home oxygen concentrators plug in directly to the wall outlet to provide you 24/7 continuous oxygen supply. Measured in Liters per Minute, most stand in-home or stationary oxygen concentrator machines will provide up to 5 LPM. All oxygen concentrator purchases require a prescription in which the doctor notes the required LPM of oxygen needed. Unlike oxygen therapy from the heavy tanks or cylinders, in-home concentrators do not need to be refilled or replaced.
What is an Oxygen Concentrator?
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device used to deliver oxygen to those with low levels of oxygen in their blood. An oxygen concentrator works much like a window air conditioning unit: it takes in air, modifies it and delivers it in a new form. An oxygen concentrator takes in air and purifies it for use by people requiring medical oxygen due to low oxygen levels in their blood. Oxygen concentrators are powered by plugging in to an electrical outlet or by battery. If the concentrator is powered by an electric battery, that battery will need to be charged by plugging into an outlet (portable oxygen concentrator) If the oxygen concentrator is a stationary unit, such as the popular Invacare Perfecto or brand new lightweight Inogen At Home Oxygen Concentrator, it runs strictly off of an electrical outlet and can be used 24/7 and be adjusted up to 5 Liters per Minute.
What is a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
A Portable Oxygen Concentrator operates the same as a regular oxygen concentrator, except rather then being plugged into an outlet for electricity it runs off of a rechargeable battery. Portable Oxygen Concentrators, also referred to as POC, are lightweight, easy to carry and transport, and allow you travel with your oxygen without lugging around heavy oxygen tanks. POC’s do not need to be refilled like tanks since they run on rechargeable batteries and filter and pull air in from outside of the machine. The leading portable oxygen concentrator brand is Inogen One, featuring the lightest portable oxygen concentrator that weighs only 2.8 lbs and will last over 2 hours on a full charge (Inogen G4). Looking for up to 10 hours of battery life, the Inogen G3 with the 16 cell battery lasts up to 10 hours and provides oxygen on a Pulse Flow with settings of 1-5. Regain your freedom and independence with a portable oxygen concentrator.
When Do I Need an Oxygen Concentrator?
Doctor’s will recommend oxygen therapy via an oxygen concentrator for patients for short term or long term use depending on the oxygen levels present in recent blood test. Traditionally, your lungs absorb oxygen from the air and transfer it into your bloodstream.
Acute Diseases that Require Oxygen Therapy
- This is a condition where the airways become inflamed and produce an abundance of mucus, making it difficult to breathing. While asthma is usually controlled through a variety of pharmaceuticals, an oxygen concentrator can help pump high levels of oxygen into the patients’ blood stream during or after an asthma attack.
- This is an infection which causes inflammation in the one or both lungs air sacs, which in addition, can also be filled with fluid. Oxygen therapy is commonly described for those suffering from pneumonia and studies have shown that those who routinely use an oxygen concentrator have seen better clinical outcomes.
- Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). This is a breathing disorder that mostly affects newborns, especially those born 6 or more weeks prior to their delivery date. Babies who suffer from RDS do not create enough surfactant, a liquid that coats the lungs, which causes their lungs to collapse and work harder to breathe. Oxygen concentrators are used to help pump oxygen into their lungs and blood stream to reduce further complications.
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Babies who suffer from RDS have a high risk of developing BPD – a serious lung condition that may need long-term breathing support.
Chronic Diseases That Require Oxygen Therapy
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects more than 3 million Americans a year. This disease cannot be cured, but treatment is made available through the use of an oxygen concentrator, such as COPD.
- Cystic fibrosis. This life threatening disorder is inherited and causes damage to the lungs and digestive system. This rare disease affects cells in the body responsible for producing sweat, mucus, and digestive juices. The fluids are altered resulting in a thicker, sticker solution that plugs tubes, ducts and passageways of the infected person.
- Sleep Apnea. More common in men, sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that causes the sufferers breathing to stop and start sporadically. Treatment for this condition is physical exercise, weight loss, and the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine while sleeping.
Are Portable Oxygen Concentrators Better Then Oxygen Tanks?
YES!!! Portable oxygen concentrators are lighter, easier to carry and transport, don’t require you to refill them like tanks, and are cheaper. The Inogen G4 weighs only 2.8 lbs and the Inogen G3 weighs 4.8 lbs. The Inogen G5 portable oxygen concentrator provides up to 8 hours of battery life on a single battery. Even the Oxlife O2 Concepts POC that features continuous flow and pulse flow oxygen is only 17 lbs. and on wheels with a fold down handle. Insurance may cover refillable oxygen tanks, but they will send an extremely large and heavy oxygen tank that is very difficult to move, along with a smaller tank that can be used when leaving the house. The smaller tank needs to be consistently refilled and still weights around 20 lbs.
An oxygen concentrator has a compressing element, but it should not be confused with compressed oxygen or an oxygen tank. Whereas a tank has a set amount of oxygen that it dispenses, a concentrator filters in air, compresses it, and delivers air continuously. The air supply will never run out. Instead of refilling compressed air, the concentrator just needs access to power.
Will Medicare Cover My Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
Medicare will not cover the purchase of a new portable oxygen concentrator. Depending on your coverage, medical needs, and doctor’s diagnosis Medicare may cover the rental of an oxygen concentrator or tank.
After meeting all the requirements listed on the Medicare website, you may be eligible to rent your oxygen equipment for a payment period of 36 months (3 years). Your supplier must continue to meet your supplemental oxygen needs by continuing this agreement for 24 months after those three years are up, for a total of five years. During this time, your provider will own the equipment that you are renting. When the 3-5 years are up, you have the option to renew your rental agreement.
Basically, you can rent your portable oxygen concentrator though Medicare, but the odds of you finding a contracted provider in your area are very low. The rental agreement is only available through a contracted Medicare provider. Many patients discover that after all the paperwork, medical documents, and waiting for an answer, that Medicare-approved providers just don’t value their patients as much as they should. The process to receive Medicare assistance for renting a portable oxygen concentrator is often tedious and filled with hassles.
If I Have COPD Should I Use an Oxygen Concentrator?
YES!!! COPD, short for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” is a form of lung disease in which a person’s airflow into and out of the lungs is restricted. People with COPD can have a challenging time breathing in general, and with exertion, they may need supplemental oxygen to breathe easier. With a portable oxygen concentrator like the Inogen G4 you do not have to worry about running out of oxygen or shortness of breath as the G4 provides up to 10 hours of battery life. The lightweight POC enables you to easily carry it over your shoulder and remain active and fulfilling all of your daily activities. The Inogen At Home Unit is the ideal in home oxygen concentrator for those with COPD as it is lightweight, energy efficient, and quiet.
Where Can I Buy Oxygen Concentrators in Colorado?
Portable Oxygen Concentrators and Home Unit Concentrators are available at all three of Independently Yours Medical Supply locations in Colorado. Located in Parker, Louisville, and Littleton, CO you will find a fully stocked display and selection of portable oxygen concentrators and stationary concentrators providing you options of pulse dose and continuous flow oxygen. Independently Yours Medical Supply sells the Inogen G3, Inogen G4, Inogen G5 and Inogen Home Unit as well as the Invacare Perfecto home oxygen concentrator.
*Prescription required for purchase with pulse settings of Liter per Minute listed
Oxygen Concentrator Supplies
Visit Independently Yours Medical Supplies for All of Your Oxygen Concentrator Supply Needs
Parker Medical Supply Store
9845 S. Parker Rd.
Parker, CO 80134
Louisville Medical Supply Store
1140 E. South Boulder Rd.
Louisville, CO 80027
Littleton Medical Supply Store
8086 W. Bowles Ave. Unit G1
Littleton, CO 80123