If you’ve just purchased a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) or you’re considering purchasing one, you may be wondering, “What’s next?” Portable Oxygen Concentrators can help improve your quality of life. Below is a list of a few tips:
1.) Read the User Manual
The most important thing you can do when you first receive your POC is to read and understand the user manual. A user manual or “user guide” is a small booklet or pamphlet that comes with your device. You’ll find important information about how your new device works, how to clean and maintain it, and how to troubleshoot any issues you may have with it. Some of these symbols look similar, so take some time to understand them.
2.) Teach a Friend or Family Member How to Use Your Oxygen Concentrator
When you understand how to use your unit, teach someone else how to use it. If you get into an emergency, it’s good to know that someone close to you knows how to operate your portable oxygen concentrator.
3.) Learn About Your Concentrators Accessories
Look to see all the available accessories you can buy to customize your experience.
Batteries- You can buy additional batteries to extend the run time of your unit while you are away from a charger.
Carrying Options- Most units come with a carry bag, but there are other optional bags to carry your unit, some come on wheels and others come in a back pack form.
Chargers-You can also get a car charger as well as a standalone desktop charger for most units. That way you can charge your spare battery without being connected to your concentrator.
4.) Enjoy Life
Now that you’re not confined to using bulky oxygen tanks, liquid oxygen tanks, or your home concentrator, get out doors and enjoy your family and friends. Share your experience with other oxygen users and help them enjoy the new found freedom as well.