Portable Oxygen Concentrator
A Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) is a compact device designed to provide oxygen therapy to individuals who require higher oxygen concentrations than what is naturally present in the ambient air.
Here are some key points about POCs:
Function: POCs work by pulling in air from the surroundings, filtering it, and compressing it to extract oxygen. The nitrogen is removed, resulting in a higher concentration of oxygen. These devices are safer and more convenient than traditional pressurized oxygen tanks.
Medical Use: People with chronic conditions like emphysema and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) often need medical oxygen. POCs allow them to receive oxygen therapy outside their homes.
Portability: POCs are smaller and more mobile than home oxygen concentrators.
Economical: They are cost-effective compared to traditional oxygen tanks.
Convenience: POCs are easier to transport due to their compact size and reduced weight.
Cost: New portable oxygen concentrators typically range from $2,000 to $4,000, with most falling within the $2,500 range.
Considerations When Choosing a POC:
Portability: Consider how easy it is to carry and transport.
Battery Life: Longer battery life allows for extended use.
Weight: Lighter devices are more convenient for travel.