Static home concentrator machines

Oxygen concentrator machines work by taking the air around the patient and converting it into oxygen. The patient may be supplied with a specific oxygen concentrator machine because of the flow rate of oxygen needed for their home oxygen therapy. Depending on the flow rate ordered by the Healthcare Professional, we may need to install multiple concentrators joined together.

It is important to remember that some flow rates are very low and it may feel as if there is no oxygen coming out of the machine. If you think that the concentrator machine is not delivering any oxygen, 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.

Before using an oxygen concentrator machine, you should become familiar with its parts. The flow rate will be set to the ordered flow by the Healthcare Technician. Any changes to the flow rate should be done only if recommended by a Healthcare Professional.

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

Caution

  • Ensure the concentrator machine is kept 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

Caution

  • Ensure the concentrator machine is kept 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

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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
  7. Power cord
  8. Hour meter
  9. On some models the hour meter can be located here

Caution

  • Ensure the concentrator machine is kept 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.
DeVilbiss concentrator machine

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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)

Caution

  • Ensure the concentrator machine is kept 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.
Cleaning your concentrator machine

You should wipe the outside case of the concentrator machine regularly with a damp cloth. Please be careful if you move the concentrator machine as it is heavy.

The first service for the concentrator machine will take place by our Healthcare Technician after three months.  Thereafter, we will service the concentrator machine every six months, but in between these services we ask that you do some simple maintenance.

The most important thing to do is to clean the filter in the concentrator machine at least once a week (excluding the VisionAire). To do this you should take the filter out of the concentrator machine and place your spare filter in the concentrator machine. If you don’t have a spare filter, please call us, or ask our Healthcare Technician when they next visit.

Rinse the filter in warm water, then squeeze all the excess out and leave the filter to dry; you should make sure that the filter is totally dry before you put it in the concentrator machine again.

Piped oxygen systems

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

A piped-in system allows the patient to receive home oxygen therapy in different rooms without having to move the concentrator machine, have cylinders placed around the home or have loose tubing trailing around the house which can present a trip hazard.  A piped-in system helps prevent trips and falls. If the patient’s needs change,  they don’t have a piped-in system and you feel it would be appropriate, or you would like more information, please contact us.

  • Our Healthcare Technician will complete a survey and risk assessment, then talk to you 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.
  • This will be fitted with a cannula or mask depending on the home oxygen therapy order.
  • A hole (10mm wide) may need to be drilled through walls or a ceiling to access rooms where you want the oxygen outlet.
  • It is important that the patient only uses tubing and masks/cannula which have been supplied by us.

Caution
You must turn your concentrator machine off when it is not in use.

Checking your 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:

  • Switch the concentrator machine on.
  • Ensure the outlet you want 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 your thumb (see photo to the left). Check that the ball in the concentrator machine flowmeter drops to the bottom of the flow gauge. If it does, the piped-in system is fine.
  • If the ball does not drop, ensure the outlet you want 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 us.

    Re-Ordering Oxygen Cylinders, Liquid Oxygen or Consumables

    To request replacement oxygen cylinders, nasal prongs, mask or consumables, please complete the form below. Please note that orders received after 6.30pm will be processed the next day:

    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:

    Large Static Cylinder

    Large static cylinder
    Used in the home, often for babies and children, Cluster Headache diagnosis or emergency oxygen

    Portable Cylinder

    Portable cylinder
    Used to move around inside/outside of the home

    Small Portable Cylinder

    Small portable cylinder
    Only available after a professional medical assessment

    Liquid Oxygen Tank

    Liquid oxygen tank

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

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