Portable Oxygen Concentrator Guide
(June 25, 2013 – Irving TX) The American Association
for Respiratory Care announces the publication of a guide to portable
oxygen concentrators (POC) that will be helpful to patients and clinicians
Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators is written
for patients, to help them have a better understanding of the capabilities
and types of POCs on the market. The guide explains why POCs should
be matched with each patient's specific needs. It also provides the
layperson with an easy-to-understand explanation of the specific delivery
types and the amount of oxygen delivered with each breath.
Especially informative for the consumer reader is the “Points to Ponder”
introduction to the booklet. That narrative describes many useful tips
for the user of POC systems and helps them evaluate and understand their
needs in choosing an oxygen system, a choice that would be made in consultation
with their physician and respiratory therapist.
The main portion of the booklet is devoted to tables on each manufacturer's
• continuous or intermittent flow.
• important characteristics for
each device that are helpful to patients, such as weight and delivery
• the oxygen delivered with each
breath, either by fixed bolus volume or fixed minute volume (by selector
• and the oxygen purity at lowest
and highest settings.
The guide was developed by surveying manufacturers of POC devices, and
all current manufacturers of POC devices contributed. A group of respiratory
therapists, composed of current and past Home Care Section chairmen
and other respiratory therapist AARC members working in home care, developed
the survey, collated the results, and reviewed the report.
“We're proud of the report and the information this puts in the hands
of consumers,” said George Gaebler, AARC president. “The information
on the performance and characteristics of each POC will be a valuable
reference to clinicians as well.”
For more information on A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators,
go to the AARC's patient website,
YourLungHealth.org for the document.
The American Association for Respiratory Care is a 52,000 member professional
association of respiratory care professionals. The organization is dedicated
to encouraging and promoting professional excellence, advancing the
science of respiratory care, and serving as an advocate for patients,
their families and the public.
Further information about the AARC and how to become a respiratory therapist
are available at www.AARC.org