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Oxygen

What is continuous flow oxygen?

When a continuous flow oxygen delivery system is being used, oxygen is flowing at a prescribed liter flow all the time (like when you turn on your faucet and water flows). Oxygen will be flowing while you are breathing in (inspiration), and while you are breathing out (exhalation). These systems are either concentrators (powered by electricity), cylinders (tanks, oxygen under pressure), or liquid systems (liquid oxygen is warmed so it turns from liquid oxygen into gaseous oxygen).

What is a pulse dose or conserving device oxygen system?

A pulse dose system only delivers oxygen during a portion of the inspiratory cycle; because oxygen is not being delivered during exhalation it is conserving oxygen.

Important note:There are no government regulations mandating the amount of oxygen to be delivered during the "pulse dose", or the length of time the oxygen is to be delivered during inspiration. The available systems vary GREATLY; therefore, anyone wanting to use a pulse dose delivery system should be tested by a clinical professional with a pulse oximeter to make sure the oxygen level they are receiving is safe.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a prescription from my physician to trial a pulse dose system?

Yes, our team at Handi Medical Supply is happy to assist you with getting the prescription. We will need to know which physician ordered your oxygen and in which clinic he/she works.

I’m on 2 lpm on my concentrator at home and my portable tank, does that mean that I will be on a pulse dose setting of 2 as well?

No. Every pulse dose system is different. Each person getting a system from Handi Medical Supply will be tested by our clinical staff to determine the appropriate setting for you.

Will my insurance pay for the pulse dose device?

Insurance companies pay for a portable system if you qualify for oxygen. Please contact our Customer Service Department to inquire about your particular insurance. The portable oxygen systems that we carry at Handi Medical Supply can be purchased out-of-pocket in addition to your insurance coverage (with the proper prescription and documentation).

Do all POC’s have continuous flow and Pulse Dose settings?

No they do not.

Do all POC’s in a pulse dose setting deliver the same amount of oxygen?

No, this is why it is important to be tested by a clinical professional to determine an appropriate device for your individual needs.

Portable Oxygen Delivery Systems

Before purchasing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator, you should be tested to make sure it is giving you the amount of oxygen that you need. Handi Medical Supply’s Clinical team has the expertise and experience to help you make the right choice. Contact us today for an appointment to meet with one of our Clinical Team members about options that may work for you at 651-644-9770.

Focus (Caire)

  • Setting: only 2 pulse setting
  • Oxygen Concentration: 90% oxygen +5.5/-3%
  • Dimensions: 6.4 in. high x 4.8 in. wide x 2.5 in. deep
  • Weight: 1.75 lb - Focus unit .53 lb - per battery (2 included); 1.8 lb - optional AirBelt
  • Power: Universal Power Supply 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz; 11-16 VDC; Rechargeable, lithium battery
  • Battery Duration: 3 hours — 1.5 hours per battery (2 included)
  • Recharge Time: 4 hours
  • AirBelt Duration: An additional 4 hours; 7 hours total with 2 batteries

Freestyle (Caire)

  • Setting: 1-3 pulse settings
  • Oxygen Concentration: 90% oxygen +5.5/-3%
  • Dimensions: 8.6 in. high x 6.1 in. wide x 3.6 in. deep
  • Weight: 4.4 lb; 1.8 lb - optional AirBelt
  • Power: Universal Power Supply; AC Power: 100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz (1.0 amp at 120 VAC) DC Power: 11–16 VDC (6.0 amps at 12 VDC) FreeStyle Unit: 28 W at the 3 setting
  • Battery Duration: 3 setting - 2 hours; 2 setting - 2.5 hours; 1 setting - 3.5 hours
  • Recharge Time: 3.5 hours
  • AirBelt Duration:
    • 3 setting - An additional 3 hours; 5 hours total with AirBelt
    • 2 setting - An additional 3.5 hours; 6 hours total with AirBelt
    • 1 setting - An additional 6.5 hours ;10 hours total with AirBelt

Freestyle 5 (Caire)

  • Setting: 1-5 pulse settings
  • Oxygen Concentration: 90% oxygen +5.5/-3%
  • Dimensions: 10.7 high x 6.6 wide x 4.4 deep
  • Weight: 6.2 lb; 1.8 lb optional AirBelt
  • AC Power: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, DC Power: 12-24 VDC, 15 amps max Unit: Rechargeable, lithium battery
  • Battery Duration: 5 setting - 1 hrs; 4 setting - 1.25 hrs; 3 setting - 1.5 hrs 2 setting - 2 hrs; 1 setting - 3 hrs Recharge Time 3.5 hrs 3.25 hrs
  • Optional AirBelt Duration:
    • 5 setting - An additional 1 hrs; 2 hrs total with AirBelt
    • 4 setting - An additional 1.75 hrs; 3 hrs total with AirBelt
    • 3 setting - An additional 2 hrs; 3.5 hrs total with AirBelt
    • tting - An additional 2.5 hrs; 4.5 hrs total with AirBelt
    • 1 setting - An additional 4 hrs; 7 hrs total with AirBelt

AirBelt (Caire)

The AirBelt can be used with the Focus, Freestyle, and Freestyle 5.

Eclipse 5

  • Oxygen Concentration: 90%+5.5%/-3% @ sea level
  • Setting: 16-96mL (16mL increments), 128mL, 160mL, 192mL
  • Flow Rates: Continuous Flow Settings: 0.5 to 3.0 LPM (0.5 liter increments)
  • Pulse Dose Settings: 1-6 delivering 16-96mL (16mL increments), 128mL, 160mL, 192mL
  • Oxygen Outlet Pressure: 5.0 psig (34.5 kPa)
  • Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.3 x 7.1 inches
  • Weight: Eclipse 15 lbs., Battery 3.4 lbs.
  • Power: AC Power: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz; DC Power: 12 V nominal; Battery: Quantity (2) 97.5 W-Hr battery packs each containing 7.92 gm of lithium content
  • Battery Duration: 2 hours (at 2LPM continuous flow); 5.1 hours (pulse at a 2 setting)

Equinox

  • Setting: 16-96mL (16mL increments), 128mL, 160mL, 192mL
  • Oxygen Concentration: 90%+5.5%/-3% @ sea level
  • Oxygen Outlet Pressure: 5.0 psig
  • Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Flow Rates: Continuous Flow Settings: 0.5 to 3.0 LPM (0.5 liter increments)
  • Pulse Dose Settings: 1-6 delivering 16-96mL (16mL increments), 128mL, 160mL, 192mL
  • Weight: 14 lbs. with 12-Cell Battery Pack Installed
  • Power: AC: 85-264VAC, 47-63Hz; DC: 12 V nominal; Battery Pack: Quantity (1) 89 W-Hr battery pack 12-cell battery; Quantity (2) 95 W-Hr battery packs 24-cell battery
  • Power Consumption: 110 watts at 3.0 LPM Continuous
  • Battery Duration:
    • 1.2 hrs at 2 LPM Continuous
    • 2.7 hrs at 32mL pulse (Setting 2) (12 BPM) with 12-cell Battery Pack
    • 2.75 hrs at 2 LPM Continuous
    • 5.9 hrs at 32mL pulse (Setting 2) (12 BPM) with optional 24-cell Battery Pack

XPO2 (Invacare)

  • Weight: Approximately 6 pounds; 7.3 pounds with optional supplemental battery
  • Dimensions: 10”H X 7” W X 4”D
  • Oxygen: Pulse dose delivery with settings 1-5
  • Battery:
    • 2.5 hour battery duration at a setting of 2
    • 5 hour battery duration at a setting of 2 with optional supplemental battery
  • Power: AC, DC, battery
  • Power Consumption: 36 watts at a setting of 2