Static home concentrator machines

Concentrator machines are designed to be used within the home. Concentrator machines work by taking the air in the room and converting it into oxygen. The patient may be supplied with a specific concentrator machine because of the flow rate of oxygen that has been ordered on the Home Oxygen Order Form (HOOF).

It is important to remember that some flow rates are very low and a patient may feel as if there is no oxygen coming out of the machine. If this is the case, the patient should remove the cannula from the tubing, place the end of the tubing into some water and check for bubbles – the bubbles will show that the concentrator machine is working. The concentrator machine may make a slight humming noise when it is in use – a little bit like a fridge.

AirSep Newlife Elite concentrator machine

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Technical Data – AirSep Newlife Elite concentrator machine
Flow range
(standard)
1-5 lpm
(0.5 lpm increments)
Flow range
(low flow)
0.1-2 lpm
(0.1 lpm increments)
Flow range
(high flow)
2-8 lpm
(0.5 lpm increments)
Weight 24.5kg (54lb)
Height 68cm (26.7ins)
Width 38cm (14.9ins)
Depth 28cm (11ins)

  1. On/Off switch
  2. Flowmeter/adjustment knob
  3. Oxygen outlet
  4. Indicator light
  5. Handle grip/side handles
  6. Filter
  7. Power cord
  8. Circuit breaker reset button
  9. Hour meter

Important advice to give to a patient:

  • Keep the concentrator machine upright at all times
  • Plug the concentrator machine into the mains, do not use an extension lead
  • Make sure the flow rate on the concentrator machine is set to the flow rate ordered by the healthcare professional
  • Do not restrict the ventilation around the concentrator.
AirSep VisionAire 3 concentrator machine

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Technical Data – AirSep VisionAire 3 concentrator machine
Flow range 0.5-3 lpm
(0.5 lpm increments)
Weight 13kg (28.6lb)
Height 57cm (22.4ins)
Width 34cm (13.3ins)
Depth 28cm (11ins)

  1. On/Off switch
  2. Flowmeter/adjustment knob
  3. Oxygen outlet
  4. Indicator light
  5. Handle grip
  6. Power cord
  7. Circuit breaker reset button
  8. Hour meter

Important advice to give to a patient:

  • Keep the concentrator machine upright at all times
  • Plug the concentrator machine into the mains, do not use an extension lead
  • Make sure the flow rate on the concentrator machine is set to the flow rate ordered by the healthcare professional
  • Do not restrict the ventilation around the concentrator.
Respironics Millennium concentrator machine

 

millennium

Technical Data – Respironics Millennium concentrator machine
Flow range 0.1-1 lpm
(0.1 lpm increments)
Weight 21.7kg (48lb)
Height 60cm (23.6ins)
Width 43cm (16.9ins)
Depth 28cm (11ins)

  1. On/Off switch
  2. Flowmeter/adjustment knob
  3. Oxygen outlet
  4. Indicator lights
  5. Handle grip
  6. Filter (on reverse)
  7. Power cord (on reverse)
  8. Circuit breaker reset button
  9. Hour meter (internal)

Important advice to give to a patient:

  • Keep the concentrator machine upright at all times
  • Plug your concentrator machine into the mains, do not use an extension lead
  • Make sure the flow rate on the concentrator machine is set to the flow rate ordered by the healthcare professional
  • Do not restrict the ventilation around the concentrator.
DeVilbiss concentrator machine

devilbiss

Technical Data – DeVilbiss concentrator machine
Flow range 1-4 lpm
(0.5 lpm increments)
Weight 22.7kg (50lb)
Height 70.5cm (27.7ins)
Width 40.6cm (15.9ins)
Depth 35.6cm (14ins)

  1. On/Off switch
  2. Flowmeter/adjustment knob
  3. Oxygen outlet
  4. Indicator lights
  5. Handle grip
  6. Filter (on reverse)
  7. Power cord (on reverse)
  8. Circuit breaker reset button
  9. Hour meter (internal)

Important advice to give to a patient:

  • Keep the concentrator machine upright at all times
  • Plug your concentrator machine into the mains, do not use an extension lead
  • Make sure the flow rate on the concentrator machine is set to the flow rate ordered by the healthcare professional
  • Do not restrict the ventilation around the concentrator.
Cleaning a concentrator machine

Our Healthcare Technician will initially service the concentrator machine after three months.  Thereafter, our Healthcare Technician will service the concentrator machine every six months; in the meantime the patient should:

  • Wipe the outside case of the concentrator machine regularly with a damp cloth
  • Clean the filter in the concentrator machine at least once a week (excluding the VisionAire) by taking the filter out of the concentrator machine and replacing it with the spare filter. If the patient doesn’t have a spare filter, they can call us or ask their homecare engineer when they next visit
  • Rinse the filter in warm water, squeeze all the excess water out and leave the filter to dry.
Piped oxygen systems

A piped oxygen system involves connecting clear plastic tubing (5mm diameter) from the concentrator machine to convenient points around the home.

 

walltap WEB

A piped-in system allows the patient to receive oxygen in different rooms without having to move the concentrator machine, have cylinders placed around the home or have loose tubing trailing which can present a trip hazard.

The homecare engineer will complete a survey and risk assessment, then discuss with the patient about the best location for the concentrator machine.

  • A wall tap will be placed in a suitable location to direct oxygen to the rooms where the patient needs it (see images to the left). The wall tap will be attached with a length of loose tubing to enable movement around the room
  • Tubing will be attached to skirting boards and door frames
  • For safety, firebreaks will be fitted in the tubing. These must not be removed.  Tubing will be fitted with a cannula or mask depending on the patient’s oxygen order
  • A hole (10mm wide) may need to be drilled through walls or a ceiling to access rooms where the patient wants the oxygen outlet
  • It is important that the patient only uses tubing and masks/cannula which have been supplied by Baywater Healthcare.

Important advice to give to the patient:
Always turn the concentrator machine off when it is not in use.

Checking a piped oxygen system

If the patient feels they are not getting the right amount of oxygen from the concentrator machine using a piped oxygen system, please advise them to:

Thumb-blocking-tubing

  • Switch the concentrator machine on
  • Ensure the correct outlet is selected on the wall tap
  • Check the flow is set to the ordered rate
  • Remove the cannula or mask and block the tubing with the thumb (see photo to the left). Check that the ball in the concentrator machine flowmeter drops to the bottom of the flow gauge
  • If the ball does not drop, ensure the correct outlet is selected, the tubing is connected to the concentrator machine and the outlet connector is fitted tightly. If this does not resolve the problem then turn the concentrator machine off, use the back up cylinder and call Baywater Healthcare. If the ball drops to the bottom, the piped system is fine.

    Re-Ordering Oxygen Cylinders, Liquid Oxygen or Consumables

    To request replacement oxygen cylinders, cannula, mask or consumables, please complete the form below:

    Do you or anyone in your household have cold or flu symptoms?


    If you are requesting a cylinder delivery you can chose a day for your delivery.

    Monday-Friday for North West patients or seven days a week in other areas.


    Please let us know your requirements:

    B10 Large Static Cylinder

    B10 large static cylinder

    Standard Ambulatory Cylinder

    Standard ambulatory cylinder

    Smaller Ambulatory Cylinder

    Smaller ambulatory cylinder
    (only available after a professional medical assessment)

    Liquid Oxygen Dewar

    Liquid oxygen dewar

    Adult Cannula (Curved)
    Adult Cannula (Straight)
    Adult Mask
    Ear Protectors
    Paediatric Cannula
    Paediatric Mask
    Filter for Oxygen Machine
    Tender Grips

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