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Oxygen concentrator for home-based care: Five things to verify before using

For oxygen concentrators available for home-based care, there are some parameters that need to be checked to ensure good oxygen quality output

oxygen concentratorCentral Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has issued some guidelines for using oxygen concentrators. (PTI/file)

Patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 cases who require external oxygen support can use an oxygen concentrator. Medical experts suggest that the concentrator can be used if the oxygen saturation level is between 90-94, or those with oxygen levels even as low as 85, in case of scarcity.

How does a concentrator work? It sucks in atmospheric air, filter nitrogen and other gases, compresses remaining oxygen and dispenses it through the cannula.

For oxygen concentrators available for home-based care, there are some parameters that need to be checked to ensure good oxygen quality output, advised Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Take a look:

*Must provide a continuous flow of concentrated oxygen (less than 90 per cent) from room air through one oxygen outlet

*Minimum continuous flow of up to five litres per minute

*Contains oxygen monitor to verify concentration

*Digital or analogue meter that displays cumulative hours of device operation

*Oxygen concentrators of less than five litres per minute capacity may not be sold under the misleading label ‘For Home-Based COVID Care’.

First published on: 21-05-2021 at 04:40:33 pm
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