Oxygen Delivery Systems
The Invacare® HomeFill II Oxygen System by Invacare Corp, Elyria, Ohio, allows patients to fill their own cylinders from their Invacare 5-liter concentrator. The HomeFill II system allows the patient to breathe at home from a continuous flow concentrator, and then use a Patient Convenience Pack when they are out and about. The Patient Convenience Pack uses the latest in integrated pneumatic conserving technology for a 3.7-to-1 ratio while remaining lightweight. It requires no batteries or connection tubes and uses a standard single lumen cannula. (800) 333-6900; www.invacare.com.
Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Riverside, Calif, offers carbon composite cylinders, which are 70% lighter than steel cylinders and 50% lighter than aluminum cylinders, based on the same oxygen content. An oxygen system with a Luxfer carbon composite cylinder as a base is the lightest, easiest-to-carry package available. Luxfer carbon composite cylinders provide clinical benefits and enhance patient lifestyle by providing personal freedom. (800) 764-0366; www.luxfercylinders.com.
CHAD Therapeutics, Chatsworth, Calif, offers the TOTAL O2® delivery system, which combines stationary and portable oxygen in one safe, simple device. It provides the flexibility to fill seven popular cylinder sizes to a full 2000 psi capacity and can be used with any one of CHADs electronic, pneumatic, or disposable oxygen-conserving devices. It includes an oxygen purity sensor, which ensures continuous therapeutic oxygen, and a patented filling mechanism that enables patients to fill their portable cylinders in the convenience of their own homes. (800) 423-8870; www.totalo2.com.
Respironics, Murrysville, Pa, offers the Millennium M10 oxygen concentrator, which delivers up to 10 LPM of oxygen, reducing the delivery cost associated with 5 LPM-and-above oxygen patients. The M10 is engineered to reduce the cost of providing oxygen at higher liter flows and has fewer parts than any other concentrator sold today. Fewer parts, combined with greater reliability, help to reduce expenditures on accessories and unnecessary inventory. The M10 is available with an optional Oxygen Percentage Indicator®, an audible alarm that sounds when oxygen levels fall below 70%. (800) 345-6443; www.respironics.com.
KidOs LLC, Dallas, introduces the KidOs Bear delivery system for aerosol or oxygen treatments in children with asthma or other acute respiratory distress. The recognizable toy helps calm the patient while delivering medication through a nebulizer or delivering oxygen-only therapy. It comes packaged with a nebulizer and oxygen tubing. Available in yellow, orange, and green, the Bear smells like bubble gum and squeaks to assist in keeping the child focused while receiving treatments. (888) 959-5437; www.kidosbear.com.
Puritan Bennett, part of Tyco Healthcare, Pleasanton, Calif, offers the HELiOS® Personal Oxygen System, a portable unit that weighs 3.6 pounds filled, enabling patients to wear it, rather than carry it. No cumbersome tubes, heavy canisters, or batteries are required. The HELiOS systems pneumatic oxygen-conserving device gives it a conservation ratio over continuous flow oxygen of approximately 4:1. This provides up to 10 hours of use at a setting of 2. The unit can be refilled in about 40 seconds from the HELiOS home reservoir, which typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks between refills. (888) 4-HELIOS; www.helios.com; www.puritanbennett.com.