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Home oxygen equipment

There are different types of oxygen equipment. Your healthcare professional will select the most effective equipment for your condition and lifestyle.

Static Equipment for use in the home

Static oxygen concentrators

Static concentrators work by drawing in the air and separating out the oxygen from the other gases using a filter system. This filter traps some gases and allows the oxygen to pass through. The oxygen is delivered to you by tubing which connects to the cannula or mask for you to breathe.

Oxygen concentrators deliver a steady supply of oxygen in the home and are a suitable solution for users with high flow rates and for those who use their oxygen for several hours a day.

Static oxygen cylinders

(Static) cylinders are mainly used as a back-up supply to a concentrator in the event of a power cut or machine failure. They are also suitable for patients who require only small amounts of oxygen at home.

Portable equipment for use away from home

Portable oxygen cylinders

Portable oxygen cylinders come in two different sizes:

  • 2L (Standard cylinders)
  • 1L

Portable oxygen cylinders allow greater mobility outside the home and so are suitable for patients who are active and independent and who still want to be out and about.

They are lightweight so they can be comfortably carried over the shoulder or by using the trolley provided.

Ancillary items

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Ancillary Items

Cannulae, face masks, fire breaks, regulators, conservers and humidifiers are ancillary products used with some home oxygen equipment.  Your healthcare professional will discuss these with you when ordering your oxygen.

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  • Cannula

A cannula is the most common ancillary item used for breathing oxygen from oxygen equipment. Cannulae consist of a plastic tube which fits behind the ears and a set of two prongs which are placed in the nose.

  • Face Masks

Some users will require a face mask as an alternative method to breathe oxygen.

  • Fire Breaks

A fire break is a safety device fitted between a cannula or mask and the tubing attached to the oxygen equipment.  You should never tamper or remove this.

  • Conserving Device

An oxygen conserving device delivers oxygen in an intermittent flow instead of a continuous flow. It conserves the supply of oxygen available in the cylinder.

  • Flowmeter

A flowmeter is a device that is attached to the regulator and is used to control the oxygen flow. It also controls lower flow rates for paediatric patients.

  • Humidifier

A humidifier is a small plastic container attached to the front of a concentrator which allows moisture to mix with oxygen before being passed through the cannula to the user.

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