How To Properly Maintain Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator

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How To Properly Maintain Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Posted by Portable Oxygen Solutions on 26th Feb 2014

At Portable Oxygen Solutions, we want your portable oxygen concentrator to last you for a very long time.  We thought that offering some helpful tips on how to best care for your portable oxygen concentrator would be a great topic to address.

Simple Tips On Caring For Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator       

  1. Some portable oxygen concentrators are small enough, and lightweight enough to be carried or worn.  This is a great feature.  However, this means that the units can be dropped.  Although built to withstand day-to-day use, you do not want to drop your Portable Oxygen Concentrator.  Handle with care as dropping could cause damage to both the unit’s shell and to internal components.
  2. Be careful when plugging in the AC or DC chargers as to not break these connecting points.
  3. Take great care when connecting your cannula to protect the unit’s nozzle fitting.
  4. Routinely inspect your unit’s air-intake vent/grille to ensure there is no build-up of lint, hair, or other materials that could obstruct the flow of air into the unit’s fan.  Use a soft brush or Q-tip to clean.  
  5. If necessary to clean the unit and/or carry case, use only warm water and a mild liquid dish detergent.  DO NOT use alcohol, solvents, polishes or any oily substances since they may be flammable.
  6. Refer to your POC’s user manual to see if there is a filter to be cleaned or replaced.  Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines.  
  7. DO NOT use your portable oxygen concentrator in smoke-filled environment.  Smoke damage is irreversible.

3 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator Battery:

  1. When you first receive your Portable Oxygen Concentrator or before leaving on any trips; be sure to fully charge the internal battery & supplemental battery overnight
  2. Your unit’s battery and any supplemental batteries should be charged as soon as possible after becoming discharged.  This will help to prolong the life of your batteries and make sure you always have a charged battery ready to go.  Do not allow the unit or batteries to remain uncharged for any length of time.
  3. Try to utilize AC power outlets whenever possible and DC power outlets whenever you are in a moving vehicle 

Following these basic tips will help to ensure your portable oxygen concentrator will last you for years to come.  We also recommend that you always refer to your particular make and model owner’s manual for more product specific care instructions. 

Questions?  Need Advice?  Please call 1-800-958-0192 or email one of our respiratory specialists for more details.  We look forward to serving you!

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