Oxygen Concentrators Buying Guide: Things To Keep In Mind

If you’re looking to purchase oxygen concentrators for a Covid-19 patient, there are a few things to consider before you spend your money.

Oxygen concentrators and cylinders are still in high demand in India as the country fight an increasing number of Covid-19 cases. Although hospitals strive to keep a steady supply, those who are told to recover at home may need concentrated Oxygen to combat the disease. As a result, demand for oxygen concentrators has increased dramatically. The guarantee of an unlimited supply of Oxygen is made by a concentrator. The oxygen concentrator draws air from the surrounding atmosphere, eliminates excess gases, concentrates oxygen, and then blows pure oxygen through a pipe so that patients can breathe normally.

The problem is deciding on the best oxygen concentrator. They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. It’s difficult to make the best decision when you don’t have enough information. To make it worse, some vendors are attempting to deceive customers by overcharging them for concentrators. So, how do you go about getting a decent one? What are the available choices on the market?

Here, we attempt to resolve this conundrum by providing a comprehensive buyer’s guide to oxygen concentrators, including how they operate, what to consider when running one, and the ones to purchase. Here’s what you should know in case you need one at home.

Highlights

  • Oxygen concentrators can supply concentrated oxygen on a continuous basis.
  • They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
  • Be sure to speak with a doctor about the specific requirements for the patient’s situation.

FROM WHERE YOU CAN BUY OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS IN INDIA

There are a lot of people selling oxygen concentrators right now. If you can, stay away from them, particularly those who sell them on WhatsApp and social media. Instead, try to purchase an oxygen concentrator from a medical equipment supplier or a Philips approved dealer. This is because these are the only locations where genuine and licenced equipment can be guaranteed.

Even if you have no other option and must purchase the concentrator from an unknown person, do not pay in advance. Until paying, try to get the product and test it.

BEST BRANDS FOR OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS AND PRICES

Philips, Medikart, and a few US-based brands are the most popular in India. The concentrators made in China do not provide the consistency and efficiency that a Covid-19 patient needs.

In terms of price, it is subject to change. Chinese and Indian brands with a capacity of 5L per minute cost between Rs 50,000 and Rs 55,000. In India, Philips only sells one model, which costs about Rs 65,000.

The price of a 10L Chinese brand concentrator ranges from Rs 95,000 to Rs 1.10 lakhs. The cost of an American brand concentrator ranges from Rs 1.50 lakh to Rs 1.75 lakh.

TOP PICKS FOR OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS

1. Philips EverFlo

Philips EverFlo
  • MODEL-EVERFLO
  • BRAND-PHILIPS
  • CATEGORY-RESPIRATORY
  • DIMENSIONS-23″ (584 mm) h, 15″ (381 mm) w, 9.5″ (241 mm) d -58 cm x 38 cm x 24 cm
  • WEIGHT-31 lbs (14 kg)

Mild Covid-19 patients who are willing to compromise on the oxygen concentrator’s capability can opt for a Philips quality make, which is the company’s only home oxygen concentrator available in India.

EverFlo guarantees a flow rate of 0.5 to 5 litres per minute, with an oxygen concentration of 93 (+/- 3) percent.

It has a height of 23 inches, a width of 15 inches, and a depth of 9.5 inches. It weighs 14 kg and consumes 350 W of power on average.

EverFlo also has two OPI (Oxygen Percentage Indicator) warning levels, one for low oxygen (at 82 percent) and the other for very low oxygen (at 70 percent ).

Check for more specification at Philips Website

2. AirSep New Life Intensity

AirSep New Life Intensity
  • MODEL-AirSep NewLife Intensity
  • BRAND-AirSep
  • CATEGORY-RESPIRATORY
  • DIMENSIONS-27.5″ h, 16.5″ w, 14.5″ d
  • WEIGHT-26.3 Kgs

This Airsep Oxygen Concentrator model is one of the few devices that promises up to a 10 litre per minute flow, and it’s listed (but unavailable at the current time) on both Flipkart and Amazon.

NewLife Intensity aims to produce this high flow at up to 20 psi of pressure. As a result, the company says that it is suitable for long-term care facilities that require higher oxygen flow.

The device promises 92 percent (+3.5/ -3 percent) oxygen purity at 2 to 9 liters per minute, according to the purity levels specified on the device. The levels decrease marginally to 90 percent (+5.5/ -3 percent) at the full capacity of 10 liters per minute. The machine’s dual-flow capacity allows it to provide oxygen to two patients at the same time.

AirSep’s New Life Intensity is 27.5 inches tall, 16.5 inches wide, and 14.5 inches deep. It is 26.3 kg in weight and runs on 590 watts of power.

3. GVS 10L Oxygen concentrator

GVS 10L Oxygen concentrator
  • MODEL-GVS Oxygen 10 LTr
  • BRAND-GVS Oxygen
  • FLOW RATE: 0-10 Liter per min (LPM)
  • PURITY OXYGEN: 93%±3
  • WEIGHT-26 Kgs

The GVS 10L concentrator, another oxygen concentrator with a flow rate of 0 to 10 liters of space, will support two patients at once.

The unit weighs about 26 kg and has an oxygen purity level of 93 (+/- 3%). It has an LCD display and is powered by an AC 230 V outlet.

4. DeVilbiss 10 litre Oxygen concentrator

DeVilbiss 10 litre Oxygen concentrator
  • MODEL-1025KS
  • BRAND-DEVILBISS
  • CATEGORY-RESPIRATORY
  • DIMENSIONS-24.5”H x 13.5”W x 12”D (62.2 x 34.2 x 30.4 cm)
  • WEIGHT-42 lbs. (19 Kilograms)

The DeVilbiss oxygen concentrator, which is also manufactured in the United States, has a capacity of up to 10 litres and a flow rate of 2 to 10 litres per minute.

The concentration of oxygen is held between 87 and 96 percent. The unit, which weighs 19 kg and measures 62.2 cm in length, 34.23 cm in width, and 0.4 cm in-depth, is considered non-portable. It is powered by a 230v power supply.

PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS ARE ALSO USEFUL

Portable oxygen concentrators are not very efficient, but they can be useful if a patient needs to be transported to the hospital and an oxygen-supported ambulance is not available. They do not need a direct power source and can be charged in the same way as a smartphone. They’re also useful in overcrowded hospitals where patients must wait.

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