Guide to buy Oxygen concentrator In IndiaMediKart Team
Guide to Buying Oxygen Concentrators
One year back “ Oxygen concentrator “ was not a known word for common people, this was known to only medical practitioners, doctors, patients who were suffering through lung diseases ( wide commonly known lung diseases are ILD – Interstitial lung disease & COPD _ Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or chronic inflammatory lung disease.
However, an oxygen concentrator is known to most of the people in India – we have observed -even in rural areas. Most of us know as oxygen machines,
What is an oxygen concentrator?
An oxygen concentrator takes in air and separates the oxygen and delivers it to a person via a nasal cannula. Air is 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen and a concentrator that works by plugging into a source of electricity deliver air that is up to 95% oxygen.
Types of Oxygen Concentrators
There are two types of oxygen concentrators – Stationary & Portable oxygen concentrators, stationary machines are movable machines, however, as the word goes portable ones are suitable for those who have to go outdoor and travel – these machines are run with the help of portable lithium-ion batteries and very light in weight – even one can carry on shoulder Tentative Purchase Cost of Oxygen Concentrators.
The cost of stationary units tentatively ranges from 45k to 65k and portable starts from 1.70 lacs and goes up to 2.95 Lacs. Most of the Oxygen Concentrators that are found in the Indian market are imported from either China or the USA. The ones imported from the USA are about 40% more expensive than their Chinese counterparts.
The following table will summarize when you should buy a portable vs when you should buy a stationary oxygen concentrator:
|Can spend 1.5 Lakh to 2 Lakh||Portable & Stationary|
|Need more than 4 LPM Oxygen||Stationary|
|Need Oxygen while sleeping||Stationary or Portable with a continuous flow|
|You need oxygen all the time, even outdoors||Portable & Stationary|
Warranty on Oxygen concentrators
All leading manufacturers and suppliers – extend 2 to 3 years of warranty.
Variants /Types and approx. weight of the oxygen concentrators
The tentative weight of stationary Oxygen concentrators ranges from 14 to 18 Kgs ( 5LPM ) and up to 26-28Kgs ( 10LPM ), Portable concentrators are from between 2.6 kgs to 4.6 kgs ( Only leading companies like Philips Respironics. ( PORTABLE OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR )