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How to setup - use and maintain an oxygen concentrator

Oxygen concentrators are fairly new household devices in India and there is very little knowhow among citizens around using the device correctly. In order to help setup and use Oxygen Concentrators, the Telecom Sector Skill Council has released an explainer. An Oxygen Concentrator is a simple device that simply absorbs air from the room, heats it, eliminates nitrogen and delivers compressed oxygen. Note that Oxygen Concentrators do not create oxygen and at the same time there’s no scientific evidence that Oxygen Concentrators do not work inside closed rooms.
 
If you have recently purchased an Oxygen Concentrator then here’s how to setup. But before that, here is what you would need. Also, note that some models can be used as nebulisers too.
 

Pre-requisites

- Get a 1kv stabiliser t connect it to the Oxygen Concentrator
 
- Check that all accessories are present inside the box which include, filters, water humidifier bottle, breathing tubes, power cable, etc.
 
- Locate a power source with a three-pin socket. Do not use an extension board.
 
- Keep a bottle of clean lukewarm water, preferably from an RO filter, handy. The water should not be very warm.
 
- Wash your hands well and do not use any cleaning solutions to clean the nozzles or device prior to use.
 
- Keep the Oxygen Concentrator at an open space away from walls, curtains, etc.
 
- Ensure that there’s no open flames nearby
 
- Ensure that aerosols, cooking fumes and other airborne indoor impurities are not present near the machine.
 
How to setup and use an Oxygen Concentrator.
 
1. Unbox the unit carefully and remove all the accessories from inside the box.
 
2. Remove the safety belt from the bottom.
 
3. Place the oxygen concentrator near the power socket and place where it is easy to use.
 
4. Wash the filter with warm water. The filter comes in black colour. Put it into the device where the slot is made.
 
5. Fill the humidifier bottle with warm water from RO water purifier till the indicated marker.
 
6. Place the humidifier bottle at the marked place and secure it with the band and connect it to the machine nozzle.
 
7. Attach the oxygen cannula to the water humidifier bottle.
 
Note: Different machines have different connectors. Please read the manual before proceeding further.
 
8. Connected the machine to the 1kv stabiliser
Once the stabiliser starts running let the device run for around 1-2 minutes. Turn of the machine and wait for a couple of minutes
 
9. Set the oxygen flow meter knob to the desired pressure as prescribed by the doctor
Set the oxygen flow meter knob to the desired pressure as prescribed by the doctor and insert the other end of the oxygen cannula and start breathing
 

How to maintain an Oxygen Concentrator

- The only maintenance that you can do at home is cleaning the filter and replacing the water in the water humidifier bottle.
 
- Remove the air filter, located on the back/side of the concentrator cabinet, and wash it in warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly with warm tap water and allow it to dry.
 
- Clean the concentrator cabinet with a damp cloth
 

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