There are different types of oxygen equipment. Your healthcare professional will select the most effective equipment for your condition and lifestyle.
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 oxygen cylinders
Portable oxygen cylinders come in two different sizes:
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.
Cannulae, face masks, fire breaks, regulators, conservers and humidifiers are the most commonly used consumables with home oxygen equipment. Your healthcare professional will discuss these with your when ordering your oxygen equipment.